Court Name: Small Claims Court

Dollar Limit: $5,000.

Where To Sue: Only one court in District.

Service: Certified or registered mail with return receipt, U.S. marshal or court-approved disinterested adult.

Hearing Date: 5-30 days from filing of complaint.

Attorneys: Allowed; required for corporations.

Transfer: If either side requests jury trial, if defendant files counterclaim affecting ownership of real estate, or if court determines interest of justice requires it, case tried under regular civil procedure of Court.

Appeals: By either side for review of law, not facts; to Court of Appeals within 3 days of initial judgment.

Special Provisions: No equitable relief. Limited discovery available with court permission. Court may refer cases to arbitration or mediation. Mediation is required for contested cases. Court may order installment payments. Wednesday evening and Saturday morning hours available.

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.