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Complaint Review: ...MOTOR VEHICLE LEMON LAWS by each state

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  • Submitted: Sun, January 28, 2001
  • Updated: Sun, January 28, 2001

  • Reported By:Tempe Arizona
...MOTOR VEHICLE LEMON LAWS by each state
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MOTOR VEHICLE LEMON LAWS

Apart from buying a home, the second-largest purchase most Americans make is an automobile. The cost of even an average car today can be substantial. What protection do you have if you are unlucky enough to buy a "lemon"? Fortunately, states have enacted lemon laws that deal with defective motor vehicles. State lemon laws vary but they are aimed at providing remedies to consumers who have the misfortune of buying a lemon. Most state lemon laws provide for a refund or replacement of a vehicle that cannot be repaired after a reasonable number of attempts. The laws vary from state to state (consult the accompanying chart for your state requirements). Minor defects such as a paint blemish or poorly aligned door will not normally qualify. Major problems such as braking system, electrical or transmission problems usually will qualify.

The essence of the lemon law is that if you have a serious problem that is unable to be corrected after a reasonable number of repair attempts or a reasonable time period, you have legal recourse. What is "reasonable" varies from state to state? As is generally the case the manufacturer has certain responsibilities and so do you as a consumer.

If you feel that you have a potential "lemon" there is a course of action you should follow. It is your responsibility to keep accurate records of service problems. Make sure you maintain a file with photocopies of all receipts, work orders, invoices and other paperwork related to your attempts to have your vehicle repaired. Lack of proper documentation can seriously affect your ability to exercise your rights under most state lemon laws. Remember, you may be 100% right, but if you cannot prove it you may not get satisfaction under the law.

RECORD KEEPING
Keep an accurate record of the number of attempts to repair your vehicle. This should include the amount of time a vehicle is out of service due to any defect. A "downtime" log supported by dealer invoices or repair orders should be maintained to support your claim. When you bring your vehicle to a dealer for repair submit a copy of your complaint in writing (keep a copy). Don't just say "check transmission," list the specific problem such as "vehicle transmission slips when going uphill." Always make sure you maintain copies of dealer repair orders, parts replaced and services performed in your permanent file. Keep a log of the amount of time the vehicle is in for service.

LEGAL NOTICE
In order to obtain a refund or replacement for a "lemon" vehicle, you must comply with the legal notice requirements of your state. In most cases this means sending a certified letter with return receipt requested to the vehicle manufacturer. You may also wish to send a copy to the regional or zone office of the manufacturer. You also should provide a copy to the dealer performing the warranty work on your vehicle. This should be done at the point in time that the law states that you have a certifiable "lemon." These trigger points vary from state to state so please consult the chart to see when you need to file notice. Always keep copies for your records.

Whenever you have the vehicle serviced, be sure that the correct odometer reading appears on the work order and service invoice. Under most state lemon laws you may be required to pay an "offset" fee for mileage prior to the beginning of the problem that qualifies your vehicle as a lemon. That figure is based on the mileage at the first attempt to fix the problem. There are standard formulas for figuring the offset amount. You can obtain a listing of these from the Department of Transportation by requesting the "DOT Average Operating Costs" chart.

ARBITRATION
In order to obtain a refund or replacement for the "lemon" vehicle, you may be required to go through the process of arbitration. Some manufacturers incorporate arbitration procedures as part of the written warranty that comes with the vehicle. If that is the case, you must submit to this procedure before taking any legal action. In some cases states offer arbitration services for handling lemon law complaints. State programs usually provide more favorable results for consumers so if you have the choice, go with state arbitration.

If you use arbitration, be sure to obtain a copy of the rules and procedures. Be sure that they are adhered to. If you have any questions, get clarification before the process begins. You are more likely to prevail if you thoroughly understand the arbitration process.

Accurate record keeping will pay off in arbitration. The presentation of accurate records will go a long way to substantiate your claim and provide a favorable outcome.

Occasionally a manufacturer will offer a settlement prior to going to arbitration. You don't have accept any offer they put forward. Give serious consideration to any offer, but do not be pressured into accepting something that is not completely fair to you. Binding arbitration means you must accept the results, no matter what they are. Under non-binding arbitration you may reject the outcome and proceed with legal remedies available under your state's lemon laws.

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...MOTOR VEHICLE LEMON LAWS by each state

ALABAMA

ELIGIBILITY: 3 unsuccessful repairs or 30 calendar days out of service within lesser of 24 months or 24,000 miles, conditioned on 1 repair attempt or 1 day out of service within lesser of 1 year or 12,000 miles

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Notice to manufacturer by certified mail. Manufacturer has 14 calendar to make repairs.

ALASKA

ELIGIBILITY: 3 unsuccessful repairs or 30 business days out of service in the lesser of 1 year or warranty period.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY:
Notice to manufacturer and dealer, or agent (certified mail ) within 60 days of warranty expiration or in first year. You must demand refund or replacement within 60 days after postmark of letter. Final repair attempt within 30 days of receipt of notice.

ARIZONA

ELIGIBILITY: Four attempts to unsuccessfully repair within shorter of one year or 30 days out of service.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Written notice to manufacturer who then has the opportunity to make repairs.

ARKANSAS

ELIGIBILITY: 3 attempts to repair, or one unsuccessful repair of a problem likely to cause death or serious bodily injury within 24 months or 24,000 miles.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Certified/registered mail notice to the manufacturer. Manufacturer has 10 days to inform consumer of where repair can be made - facility has another 10 days to make repair.

CALIFORNIA

ELIGIBILITY: 30 calendar days out of service or 4 unsuccessful repair attempts in lesser of 12,000 miles or one year.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Written notice to manufacturer. Must produce vehicle at specified repair facility within 30 days for attempted repair.

COLORADO

ELIGIBILITY: 30 days out of service or 4 unsuccessful repair attempts within lesser of 1 year or warranty.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Certified mail notice with opportunity to repair for each occurrence of a problem.

CONNECTICUT

ELIGIBILITY: 30 calendar days out of service or 4 unsuccessful repairs in lesser of 1 year or 12,000 miles or a problem likely to cause serious injury or death within lesser of warranty or 1 year.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Report to manufacturer, dealer or agent. Only required if indicated in owners manual or warranty.

DELAWARE

ELIGIBILITY: 30 calendar days out of service or 4 unsuccessful repairs within lesser of I year or warranty.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Written notice to manufacturer with an opportunity to make repairs.

DISTRICT of COLUMBIA

ELIGIBILITY: 4 unsuccessful repairs or 30 days out of service or 1 unsuccessful repair on a safety related defect in the lesser of 2 years or 18,000 miles.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Each problem must be reported to dealer, agent or manufacturer.

FLORIDA

ELIGIBILITY: 20 calendar days out of service or 4 unsuccessful repairs in the lesser of 12,000 miles or 12 months.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Certified mail notice to manufacturer who then has 14 days to make final repair after vehicle has been delivered to dealer.

GEORGIA

30 calendar days out of service or 3 unsuccessful repair attempts in lesser of 24 months or 24,000 miles, with 1 repair of 15 days out of service within lesser of 1 year or 12,000 miles, or 1 unsuccessful repair of a serious safety problem in braking/steering system in lesser of 1 year or 12,000 miles.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Notice by certified mail (return receipt) - manufacturer has 7 days to notify consumer of where to take vehicle for repairs. Repair shop has 14 days to successfully complete repair.

HAWAII

ELIGIBILITY: 3 unsuccessful repairs, or 1 problem with a repair likely to cause death or serious injury, or out of use in the lesser of 24,000 miles or 2 years.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Written notice to manufacturer with an opportunity for them to make final repairs.

IDAHO

ELIGIBILITY: 30 days out of service or 4 repair attempts in lesser of 12,000 miles or 12 months.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Provide written notice to manufacturer or dealer.

ILLINOIS

ELIGIBILITY: 30 days out of service or 4 unsuccessful repairs in the lesser of 12,000 miles or I year.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Written notice to manufacturer with an opportunity to make repair.

INDIANA

ELIGIBILITY: 4 unsuccessful repairs or 30 business days out of service within the lesser of 18,000 miles or 18 months.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Written notice to manufacturer if required in warranty documents.

IOWA

ELIGIBILITY: 3 unsuccessful repairs or 1 unsuccessful repair of a problem likely to cause serious bodily injury or death, or 20 days out of service in the lesser of 24,000 miles or 2 years.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Written notice to manufacturer with a final chance to make repairs in 10 days of notice.

KANSAS

ELIGIBILITY: 30 calendar days out of service or 4 unsuccessful repairs of same problem or total of 10 repairs for any problem in lesser of warranty or 1 year.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Notification of manufacturer.

KENTUCKY

ELIGIBILITY: 30 calendar days out of service or 4 unsuccessful repairs in lesser of 12,000 miles or 1 year.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Written notice to manufacturer.

LOUISIANA

ELIGIBILITY: 30 calendar days out of service or 4 unsuccessful repairs in lesser of 1 year or warranty.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Notification to dealer or manufacturer.

MAINE

ELIGIBILITY: 15 business days out of service or 3 unsuccessful repairs - at least 2 of the 3 must be by the same shop - within lesser of 2 years or 18,000 miles.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Written notice to dealer or manufacturer in required in warranty. Final repair attempt must be made within 7 days of receipt of letter.

MARYLAND

ELIGIBILITY: 30 calendar days out of service or 4 unsuccessful repairs or 1 unsuccessful repair of either the steering or braking systems in lesser of 15,000 miles or 15 months.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Certified mail, return receipt request, to manufacturer with an opportunity to make final repair within 30 days of letter receipt.

MASSACHUSETTS

ELIGIBILITY: 15 business days out of service or 3 unsuccessful repairs in lesser of 15,000 miles or 1 year.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Notice to dealer or manufacturer who then has 7 business days to make final repair.

MICHIGAN

ELIGIBILITY: 30 calendar days out of service or 4 unsuccessful repairs in lesser 1 year or warranty.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Certified mail, return receipt requested, to manufacturer who then has 5 business days to fix.

MINNESOTA

ELIGIBILITY: 30 business days out of service or 4 unsuccessful attempts or 1 unsuccessful repair to braking or steering systems(if likely to cause serious injury or death) in lesser of warranty length or 2 years.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Written notice to dealer, manufacturer or agent with an opportunity to repair.

MISSISSIPPI

ELIGIBILITY: 15 business days out of service or 3 unsuccessful repairs in lesser of 1 year or length of warranty.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Written notice to manufacturer who then has 10 business days from time brought to dealer to fix.

MISSOURI

ELIGIBILITY: 30 business days out of service or 4 unsuccessful repairs in lesser of 1 year or warranty.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Written notice to manufacturer who then has 10 calendar days to repair after delivery to designated dealer.

MONTANA

ELIGIBILITY: 30 business days out of service or 4 unsuccessful repairs in lesser of 18,000 miles or 2 years.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Written notice to manufacturer with opportunity to fix problem.

NEBRASKA

ELIGIBILITY: 40 calendar days out of service or 4 unsuccessful repairs in lesser of 1 year or warranty.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Notice to manufacturer by certified mail with an opportunity to repair.

NEVADA

ELIGIBILITY: 30 calendar days out of service or 4 unsuccessful repairs in lesser of 1 year or warranty.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Written notice to manufacturer.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

ELIGIBILITY: 30 business days out of service or 3 unsuccessful repairs by same dealer in warranty period.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Report to manufacturer, dealer, agent or distributor (using forms provided by mfg.) with final opportunity to repair prior to going to arbitration.

NEW JERSEY

ELIGIBILITY: 20 calendar days out of service or 3 unsuccessful repairs in lesser of 18,000 miles or 2 years.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Written notice by certified mail, return receipt requested, to manufacturer who then has 10 days to make final repair.

NEW MEXICO

ELIGIBILITY: 30 business days out of service or 4 unsuccessful repairs in lesser of 1 year or warranty.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Written notice to dealer, manufacturer or agent with opportunity to repair.

NEW YORK

ELIGIBILITY: 30 calendar days out of service or 4 unsuccessful repairs in lesser of 18,000 miles or 2 years.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Certified mail notice to dealer, manufacturer or agent.

NORTH CAROLINA

ELIGIBILITY: 20 business days out of service in any 12 month period during warranty or 4 unsuccessful repairs in the lesser of 24,000 miles or 2 years.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Written notice to manufacturer with chance to make final repair within 15 days if so stated in warranty.

NORTH DAKOTA

ELIGIBILITY: 30 business days out of service or 4 unsuccessful repairs in lesser of 1 year or warranty.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Written notice to manufacturer with opportunity to repair.

OHIO

ELIGIBILITY: 30 calendar days out of service or 3 unsuccessful repairs for same problem or a total of 8 repairs for any problem or 1 unsuccessful repair of anything likely to cause serious injury or death in lesser of 18,000 miles or 1 year.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Notice to dealer, manufacturer or agent.

OKLAHOMA

ELIGIBILITY: 45 calendar days out of service or 4 unsuccessful repairs in lesser of 1 year or warranty.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Written notice to manufacturer with opportunity to repair.

OREGON

ELIGIBILITY: 30 business days out of service or 4 unsuccessful repairs in lesser of 12,000 miles or 1 year.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Written notice to manufacturer with a chance to do final repair.

PENNSYLVANIA

ELIGIBILITY: 30 calendar days out of service or 3 unsuccessful repairs in lesser of 12,000 miles, 1 year or warranty.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Deliver vehicle to authorized service/repair facility - if not possible to deliver vehicle written notice to manufacturer makes it their responsibility to pay for such delivery.

RHODE ISLAND

ELIGIBILITY: 30 calendar days out of service or 4 unsuccessful repairs in lesser of 15,000 miles or 1 year.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Notice to dealer or manufacturer who then has seven day to make final repair.

SOUTH CAROLINA

ELIGIBILITY: 30 calendar days out of service or 3 unsuccessful repairs in lesser of 12,000 miles or 1 year.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Certified mail notice to manufacturer with a chance to make final repair only if manufacturer notified buyer of these rights at time of purchase. Manufacturer has 10 days to assign a repair facility and facility has 10 days to make repair.

SOUTH DAKOTA

ELIGIBILITY: 30 calendar days out of service or 4 unsuccessful repairs(1 of which must have been in the lesser of 12,000 miles or 1 year) during the lesser of 24,000 miles or 2 years.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Certified mail notice to manufacturer with final chance to fix. Manufacturer must notify consumer of repair facility within 7 days, facility has 14 days to make repair. Consumer must utilize state "informal dispute resolution" procedure if the manufacturer participates before consumer can institute a cause of action against manufacturer.

TENNESSEE

ELIGIBILITY: 30 calendar days out of service or 4 unsuccessful repairs in lesser of 1 year or warranty

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Notice to manufacturer by certified mail with 10 days to make final repair.

TEXAS

ELIGIBILITY: A total of at least 4 unsuccessful repairs (2 must have occurred within the lesser of 12,000 miles or 1 year from the date of second repair attempt) or 2 unsuccessful repairs of a safety problem (1 must have occurred within the lesser of 12,000 miles or 1 year of the date of the first) or 30 days out of service in the lesser of 24,000 miles or 2 years and 2 repair attempts were made in the lesser of 12,000 miles or 1 year.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Written notice to manufacturer.

UTAH

ELIGIBILITY: 30 business days out of service or 4 unsuccessful repairs in the lesser of 1 year or warranty.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Notice to manufacturer or dealer or agent.

VERMONT

ELIGIBILITY: 30 calendar days out of service or 3 unsuccessful repairs (first repair must be within warranty period).

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Written notice to manufacturer. Arbitration mandatory within 45 days of notice. Manufacturer has 1 final attempt at repair.

VIRGINIA

ELIGIBILITY: 30 calendar days out of service or 3 unsuccessful repairs of any kind or 1 serious safety related failed attempt within 18 months.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: written notice to manufacturer who has 1 attempt to make final repair. within 15 days.

WASHINGTON

ELIGIBILITY: 30 calendar days out of service( at least 15 within warranty period) or 4 unsuccessful repairs, or 2 unsuccessful repairs for a serious safety problem within the lesser of 2 years 24,000 miles or warranty period. One of the attempts must fall within warranty of at least 1 year or 12,000 miles.

WEST VIRGINIA

ELIGIBILITY: 30 calendar days out of service or 3 unsuccessful repairs ( or 1 unsuccessful repair for a serious safety problem) in the lesser of 1 year or warranty.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Written notice to manufacturer with at least 1 attempt t fix problem.

WISCONSIN

ELIGIBILITY: 30 calendar days out of service or 4 unsuccessful repairs in the lesser of 1 year or warranty.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Notice to dealer or manufacturer.

WYOMING

ELIGIBILITY: 30 business days out of service or 3 unsuccessful repairs within 1 year.

CONSUMER RESPONSIBILITY: Written notice to manufacturer with an opportunity to fix problem.

::::::::NATIONAL SURVEY OF SMALL CLAIMS COURTS

Small claims courts are designed to handle just that - small claims. All states place a limit on the amount of a claim which may be entered in the court. From time to time they adjust the amount of claims, usually upward, to reflect changes in the economy and the value of the dollar. At the time of publication the amounts shown as "claim limits" were the maximum amount allowed by each of the states. If you are contemplating proceeding with a small claims action you should consult your county clerks office to see if the claim amount has been increased recently.

Small claims actions are generally easier to file than civil court actions and afford the consumer who needs to resort to court action a good remedy to solving specific consumer complaints.

ALABAMA

Claim Limit: $1,500

Attorney Representation: Permitted

Filling Fee:

Court Powers: Award money judgments. Judges may also order enforcement of contracts, return of property, etc.

Appeal: Either party may appeal.


ALASKA

Claim Limit: $5,000

Attorney Representation: Permitted

Filling Fee: $25.00

Court Powers: Award money judgments. May also order return of property, enforcement orders, etc.

Appeal: Either party may appeal.


ARIZONA

Claim Limit: $1,500

Attorney Representation: Permitted - if all parties agree

Filling Fee:

Court Powers: Award money judgments. May also order contracts to be carried out, property to be returned, etc.

Appeal: Either party may appeal.


ARKANSAS

Claim Limit: $3,000

Attorney Representation: Not permitted

Filling Fee: $10 to $30

Court Powers: Award money judgments. May also order contracts to be carried out, property to be returned, etc.

Appeal: Either party may appeal

CALIFORNIA



COLORADO

Claim Limit: $3,500

Attorney Representation: Not permitted

Filling Fee: $9 TO $26

Court Powers: Award money judgments..

Appeal: Either party may appeal


CONNECTICUT

Claim Limit: $2,000

Attorney Representation: Permitted

Filling Fee: $30.00

Court Powers: Award money judgments.

Appeal: No appeals


DELAWARE

Claim Limit: $5,000

Attorney Representation: Permitted

Filling Fee: $30.00

Court Powers: Award money judgments. May also enforce contracts, etc.

Appeal: Either party may appeal.


DISTRICT of COLUMBIA

Claim Limit: $5,000

Attorney Representation: Permitted

Filling Fee: $5.00 to $10.00

Court Powers: Award money judgments. May also enforce contracts, etc.

Appeal: Either party may appeal.


FLORIDA

Claim Limit: $2,500

Attorney Representation: Permitted

Filling Fee: $

Court Powers: Award money judgments.

Appeal:

HAWAII


Claim Limit: $3,500

Attorney Representation: Permitted, attorney fee not recoverable to landlord in security deposit dispute cases.

Filling Fee: $10.00

Court Powers: Award money judgments.

Appeal: Appeal not permitted.


IDAHO

Claim Limit: $3,000

Attorney Representation: Not permitted

Filling Fee: $25.00

Court Powers: Award money judgments.

Appeal: Either party may appeal.


ILLINOIS

INDIANA
Claim Limit: $3,000

Attorney Representation: Permitted

Filling Fee: $

Court Powers: Award money judgments. May also order return of property, enforcement of contracts, etc.

Appeal: Either party may appeal.


IOWA


Claim Limit: $2,000

Attorney Representation: Permitted

Filling Fee: $


Court Powers: Award money judgments.

Appeal: Either party may appeal.

KANSAS

Claim Limit: $1,800

Attorney Representation: Not permitted

Filling Fee: $

Court Powers: Award money judgments. May also order return of property, etc.

Appeal: Either party may appeal


KENTUCKY

LOUISIANA

MAINE

Claim Limit: $3,000

Attorney Representation: Permitted

Filling Fee: $30.00

Court Powers: Award money judgments. May also order return of property, enforcement of contracts, etc.

Appeal: Either party may appeal


MARYLAND

Claim Limit: $2,500

Attorney Representation: Permitted

Filling Fee: $

Court Powers: Award money judgments..

Appeal: Either party may appeal.


MASSACHUSETTS

Claim Limit: $2,000

Attorney Representation: Permitted

Filling Fee: $10.00 to $15.00

Court Powers: Award money judgments..

Appeal: Yes, may appeal for a jury trial in superior court.

MICHIGAN

Claim Limit: $1,750

Attorney Representation: Not permitted

Filling Fee: $

Court Powers: Award money judgments..

Appeal: No appeal.

MINNESOTA

MISSISSIPPI

MISSOURI

Claim Limit: $1,500

Attorney Representation: Permitted

Filling Fee: $5.00 to $10.00

Court Powers: Award money judgments..

Appeal: Either party may appeal


MONTANA

Claim Limit: $2,500

Attorney Representation: Permitted only if all parties are represented.

Filling Fee: $10.00

Court Powers: Award money judgments..

Appeal: Either party may appeal


NEBRASKA

Claim Limit: $1,500

Attorney Representation: Not permitted.

Filling Fee: $5.00

Court Powers: Award money judgments. May also enforce contracts, return property, etc.

Appeal: Either party may appeal


NEVADA

Claim Limit: $3,500

Attorney Representation: Permitted

Filling Fee: $

Court Powers: Award money judgments. May also order return of property, contract enforcement, etc.

Appeal: Yes, may appeal for a jury trial in superior court.


NEW HAMPSHIRE

Claim Limit: $2,500

Attorney Representation: Permitted

Filling Fee: $

Court Powers: Award money judgments. May also order return of property, contract enforcement, etc.

Appeal: Yes, may appeal for a jury trial in superior court.




NEW JERSEY

Claim Limit: $2,000

Attorney Representation: Permitted

Filling Fee: $12.00 and up.

Court Powers: Award money judgments..

Appeal: Either party may appeal


NEW MEXICO

Claim Limit: $2,000

Attorney Representation: Permitted

Filling Fee: $

Court Powers: Award money judgments..

Appeal: Either party may appeal


NEW YORK

Claim Limit: $3,000

Attorney Representation: Permitted

Filling Fee: $5.00

Court Powers: Award money judgments. Order return of property, enforcement of contracts, etc.

Appeal: Either party may appeal


NORTH CAROLINA

Claim Limit: $3,000

Attorney Representation: Permitted

Filling Fee: $34.00 plus fees to serve papers

Court Powers: Award money judgments. May also order return of property, contract enforcement, etc.

Appeal: Either party may appeal.


NORTH DAKOTA

OHIO

Claim Limit: $2,500

Attorney Representation: Permitted

Filling Fee: $ Vary from area to area

Court Powers: Award money judgments..

Appeal: Either party may appeal.

OKLAHOMA

Claim Limit: $2,500

Attorney Representation: Permitted

Filling Fee: $35.00 and up plus postage/sending fees

Court Powers: Award money judgments. May also order return of property, contract enforcement, etc.

Appeal: Either party may appeal.

OREGON


Claim Limit: $2,500

Attorney Representation: Not permitted

Filling Fee: $36.30 to $72.70

Court Powers: Award money judgments. May also order return of property, contract enforcement, etc.

PENNSYLVANIA

Claim Limit: $5,000 to $8,000 (varies by location)

Attorney Representation: Permitted

Filling Fee: $41.50 and up plus serving fees

Court Powers: Award money judgments..

Appeal: Yes - in district court. Sometimes in justice court

RHODE ISLAND

Claim Limit: $1,500

Attorney Representation: Permitted

Filling Fee: $

Court Powers: Award money judgments..

Appeal: Only for defendent


SOUTH CAROLINA

Claim Limit: $2,500

Attorney Representation: Permitted

Filling Fee: $

Court Powers: Award money judgments..

Appeal: Either party may appeal.

SOUTH DAKOTA

Claim Limit: $4,000

Attorney Representation: Permitted

Filling Fee: $4.00 to $20.00

Court Powers: Award money judgments..

Appeal: No appeals


TENNESSEE

Claim Limit: $10,000

Attorney Representation: Permitted

Filling Fee: $

Court Powers: Award money judgments..

Appeal: Either party may appeal.

TEXAS

Claim Limit: $5,000

Attorney Representation: Permitted

Filling Fee: $10.00 plus fees for serving papers

Court Powers: Award money judgments..

Appeal: Either party may appeal

UTAH

Claim Limit: $5,000

Attorney Representation: Permitted

Filling Fee: $40.00 plus fees for serving papers

Court Powers: Award money judgments..

Appeal: Either party may appeal


VERMONT

Claim Limit: $2,000

Attorney Representation: Permitted

Filling Fee: $25.00 to $35.00

Court Powers: Award money judgments..

Appeal: Either party may appeal

VIRGINIA

Claim Limit: $1,000

Attorney Representation: Not permitted

Filling Fee: $14.00

Court Powers: Award money judgments..

Appeal: Either party may appeal


WASHINGTON

Claim Limit: $2,500

Attorney Representation:

Filling Fee: $10.00

Court Powers: Award money judgments..

Appeal: Only if amount in dispute exceeds $1,000

WEST VIRGINIA

WISCONSIN

Claim Limit: $4,000

Attorney Representation: Permitted

Filling Fee: $25.00

Court Powers: Award money judgments..

Appeal: Either party may appeal


WYOMING

Claim Limit: $2,000

Attorney Representation: Permitted - only if both parties are represented

Filling Fee: $10.00

Court Powers: Award money judgments..

Appeal: Either party may appeal

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