Court Name:District Court or Justice Court

Dollar Limit:: $3,000.

Where To Sue: Where defendant resides. Contracts Where performance expected.

Service: Sheriff or constable. (Justice court only: disinterested adult).

Hearing Date: District Court 10-30 days from filing of claim. Justice Court 10-40 days.

Attorneys: Not allowed, unless all sides represented by attorneys.

Transfer: District Court No provision. Justice Court If defendant files notice within 10 days of receipt of complaint, case tried under regular civil procedure of Court.

Appeals: Allowed by either party within 30 days (from Justice or City Court to District Court) for new trial. Within ten days (from Small Claims Court to Justice or District Court) on law, not facts.

Special Provisions: Jury trial available to defendant unless counterclaim filed. Right to sue may not be transferred. No personal injury or property damage cases. Limit of ten claims a year per plaintiff. Defendant's counterclaim (up to $2500) arising out of the same transaction or occurrence must be served on plaintiff at least 72 hours before the hearing date.

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.