Want to sue Tupperware in small claims court?

Your Guide to Sue Tupperware in Small Claims Court

Your Tupperware Contract probably says you can’t sue Tupperware in any court except Small Claims Court, because of an arbitration clause. We explain the steps to sue Tupperware in small claims court. If you follow them, it usually gets you what you want.


Do you qualify to sue Tupperware in small claims court?

Ready to sue Tupperware in small claims court? First you need to make sure you qualify. Small claims courts are only for certain types of claims, and there are two things you need to pay attention to:

  1. The amount of money: When you sue Tupperware in small claims court, you are limited by the maximum dollar size for the claim you can bring. In most states it’s either $5000 or $10,000, but it can be as low as $2,500 You can find a list of all 50 states’ monetary limits here.
  2. The type of relief: Normally there are two types of awards that you can seek in a lawsuit – monetary (a dollar value payment) and equitable (any non-monetary request). However if you sue Tupperware in small claims court, you are likely only able to get a monetary award.

If your claim doesn’t fall within the limits of your state’s small claims court, you’ll have to arbitrate your claim instead.


Send Tupperware a demand letter.

Before you can run off and sue Tupperware in small claims court, you need to ask them nicely to fix the problem.
This is a legal step required by most small claims courts and it takes the form of a demand letter.
In the demand letter, you write a simple note to Tupperware where you explain who you are (your name, address, phone number and account number), what the problem is, and what you want from them.
The point is to prove you did this, so when you are done writing, you need to send them a hard copy preferably through certified mail.  Send it to the legal address for Tupperware:

Tupperware U.S., Inc.
Corporation Service Company
251 Little Falls Drive
Wilmington, DE 19808

If you would like examples of demand letters or more information about how to write them, you can find an excellent guide here.


Fill out court forms.

In order to sue Tupperware in small claims court, you’re going to need to fill out some paper work.

Each state has a set of forms that need to be filled out to file a claim, and sometimes counties will provide additional forms. The correct forms for your location will be available for free on your state court’s website. You can find your state court website here.

Make sure you fill out enough forms, usually 3 or 4 copies. If you don’t have the right number, they will not let you sue Tupperware in small claims court.


File those copies with the court

When you have finished writing, it is now time to sue Tupperware in small claims court officially through a process called “Filing”.

To file, many courts will require you to physically come to the courthouse during specific hours and days to hand-deliver the forms to the court’s clerk. Other courts may allow you to file by mail, fax or (for a few courts) online.

Once there, you will need to pay the small claims court filing fee, the amount of which should be on your court website.

Assuming all the paperwork is in order (and you had the right number of copies) the clerk will give you back your stamped copies and a court date.



“Serve” Tupperware.

Phew! This is a long process, but hang in there.
When you get back your copies, one of them is meant for Tupperware. With that document, you need to “serve” Tupperware, a critical step when you sue Tupperware in small claims court.
This is where you officially notify them that they have been sued. There are specific rules about how to do this for each court.

Look at your court’s website for instructions on how to properly deliver your forms to Tupperware, or search for “[your state] small claims service of process”.

Be careful because your claim will be dropped if you do not follow them perfectly.


Show up for court.

The court date given to you by the clerk is an important date. Mark it on your calendar.

Make sure you know which courthouse to go to. Bring your copy of your filed forms, and any other evidence that backs up your case as to why you decided to sue Tupperware in small claims court and why the judge should award you compensation.

Sometimes, Tupperware will not show up to oppose you. If that happens, take advantage of the situation to focus on your side of the story.

Ready to sue Tupperware in small claims court?
If this sounds too hard and expensive, try consumer arbitration instead…

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