Court Name: City Court or Justice of the Peace Court

Dollar Limit: $3,000

Where To Sue: Where defendant resides. Corporation resides where it has an office or business establishment.

Service: City Court - certified mail with return receipt, sheriff, marshal, or constable; Justice of the Peace - sheriff or constable, if certified mail is marked.

Hearing Date: Set by court.

Attorneys: Allowed.

Transfer: City Court: if defendant counterclaims for more than $3,000, (or if defendant files written request within time allowed), case tried under regular civil procedure of City Court Justice of the Peace: if demand exceeds jurisdictional limit, case will be transferred to court of appropriate jurisdiction.

Appeals: City Court: Not allowed. Justice of the Peace: By either side for new trial; to District Court within 15 days.

Special Provisions: Equitable relief available in either court. No jury trial. Case may be referred to arbitration if both sides consent. Court may order installment payments. Defendant must answer within ten days (15 if served through the secretary of state) or may loser by default. No real estate or family law cases. No class actions, summary proceedings, or incomplete proceedings allowed. Either party may request arbitration.

Entity to Sue: Sony BMG is a Delaware-based General Partnership with its principal place of business in New York. It, however, does business in all fifty states. The Court should serve a copy of the complaint on:

  • SONY BMG Music Entertainment
  • c/o Corporation Service Company, Registered Agent
  • 2711 Centerville Road, Suite 400
  • Wilmington, DE 19808
  • (302) 636-5401


Court rules may change at any time. Contact the Clerk of your local Court to verify the accuracy of this information and to get copies of any necessary forms.