questionshave you ever had to go to small claims court?

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Had to go once, really long story.
You could always counter-sue for lost wages, time wasted, harrasment, etc...
If your relly has been to court that often, suing others, the judge may sympathize or at least stop the relly for a while.

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I went to Small Claims court because I made a payment to a contractor to complete a project. Well, little did I know that he owed money and work to my neighbor (who recommended this guy to me) and used my payment to finish their job. When he was done with them, he never returned to my house.

I had him served with a subpoena at his mother's house and he never showed in court. The judge still made me testify instead of winning by default. Come on, really? I won the case, but never was paid because the guy put all of his belongings in his mother's name so I had no property to seize from him in lieu of payment.

At least I was able to claim this as a loss on my taxes that year.

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Yes. A neighbor drug us into it because of a problem with my insurance. Long story, but the insurance company paid and it was done.

Royal pain in the you-know-what was all it was.

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Nope. I had to write a letter to threaten a former landlord with small claims court because they refused to return my security deposit or give me a reason why within X number of days after I moved out. I cited the state legislation that showed I was in the right and that I was owed 150% of my original deposit. I did my homework and showed them I meant business and they did the right thing. I got a check later that week. It would have sucked if I actually had to go to court even if I would have won.

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I had to take a former landlord to court. He wrote me a check for $10 out of my $400 security deposit. I took him to court for the rest and won, minus $2 for a smoke detector battery. He actually itemized to that level! I could not argue on that one, because I didn't change the battery. Guess I didn't realize that was my responsibility as a tenant. But he never paid (big surprise). He was self employed, so I couldn't garnish his wages. Luckily I still had the $10 check, so I used the bank account number to attach his bank account. Would have loved to see the look on his face when he got that notice!

Also sued a furniture store for never delivering the refrigerator I paid for, and keeping the money. Somehow lost that one, but still don't know how. Did refund my money, but no comp for all the food I lost. At least I got my refund.

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I took my apartment complex to small claims and won.

I had requested maintenance for three months via email and snail mail. It was never done. When I moved out in the middle of my lease, they didn't want to release my deposit, and wanted to charge a reletting fee.

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I took the towing company that stole my car to small claims court. Did not go well as the towing company is above the law in that town. Even when I presented the copies of the local laws that they broke the ruling was still made in their favor and I got nothing. Waste of my time and money, and my car was worse off as well.

It reminds us that sometimes justice is blind, sometimes blind and stupid, and sometimes just stupid.

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Yes - took a merchant to small claims court, represented myself (I do have a legal background) and won! I would not hesitate to do it again. As far as being taken to court by someone else, you can always ask for mediation rather than arguing before the judge, and you can also ask for an advocate in most jurisdictions.

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No, but i would love to be on Judge Judy.