Court Name: Small Claims Court

Dollar Limit: $7,500.

Where to sue: Where defendant resides, is employed, or does business.

Service: Certified mail, return receipt requested, or disinterested adult, sheriff.

Hearing Date: Set by court; at least 21 days after summons issued.

Attorneys: Not allowed unless attorney represents self or as full-time employee of partnership or corporation involved in the case. If attorney appears, other side may also have attorney.

Transfer: If defendant counterclaims for more than $5,000 or wants to use an attorney, case tried under regular civil procedure of Court.

Appeals: By either side for review of law, not facts; to District Court within 15 days.

Special Provisions: No equitable relief except nullification of contracts. No jury trial. No libel or slander, forcible entry or detainer, recovery of personal property, specific performance, prejudgment attachment, injunctions, or traffic cases. Right to sue may not be transferred. No discovery. Limit of two claims a month per plaintiff or 18 claims a year. Referee may be appointed.

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.