Court Name: Small Claims Court

Dollar limit: $7,500

Where to file: Where defendant resides or injury occurred. Contracts Where performance expected. Consumer contracts Where signed. Corporation resides where it does business.

Service: Certified or registered mail, sheriff or court-approved disinterested adult.

Hearing Date: Defendant in country: 10-40 days after summons issued. One or more defendants outside country: 30-70 days after summons issued. All other cases: 90 days after summons issued.

Attorneys: Not allowed unless attorney represents self.

Transfer: If defendant counterclaims for more than $5,000, counterclaim removed to higher court if judge permits.

Appeals: By defendant (or plaintiff who lost on a counterclaim) for new trial; to Superior Court within 30 days. Plaintiff may not appeal on a judgment, but may make a motion to vacate the decision due to clerical error or a legal mistake.

Special provisions: Equitable relief available. Right to sue may not be transferred. Judge may determine payment schedule. Interpreters available. Small claims advisor available at no cost. Court may order 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.