Sue a Company: The Fast and Easy Way
Suing a business in small claims court can seem scary, but the procedure is no different from filing a lawsuit against a person. If you have taken steps to resolve the dispute but to no avail, a civil lawsuit may be the next best thing to do.
Before you proceed, make sure to gather evidence to support your case. These include complaint forms you have previously submitted, contracts, terms of service, photos, audio recordings, and more.
In this article, we will walk you through the types of companies you can sue, the legal grounds for filing a lawsuit, and how you can take legal actions against a company using DoNotPay.
Types of Companies You Can Sue
Any company can be held liable for federal, state, or local law violations. These include but are not limited to the following:
- For-profit companies
- Non-profit organizations
- Small business owners and sole entrepreneurs
- Federal, state, and/or local government agencies
- Educational institutes such as schools
- Health facilities such as hospitals and private clinics
Companies have different structures and liabilities. For example, if you sue a corporation such as Verizon, the liability applies to both the corporation and its registered individual owners. If you sue a limited liability company (LLC) such as Uber, only the business itself can be liable for damages. That’s because LLCs are designed in a way that protects their individual owners from business liabilities or debts. Therefore, make sure you understand the company’s structure and liability before proceeding to file a lawsuit.
Legal Grounds for Suing a Company
The table below outlines some of the most common legal grounds for suing a company.
|Personal Injury/Premises Liability||A company fails to maintain safe premises and causes a person to be hurt while on its premises.|
|Products Liability||A company sells a defective product or substandard item to a customer.|
|Professional Malpractice||A healthcare facility provides the wrong medicine dosage to a patient.|
|Breach of Contract||An insurance company fails to pay an employee his/her remuneration as outlined in the contract.|
|Discrimination or Harassment||A person is harassed or discriminated against while working at the company.|
|Nuisance||A company encroaches on the public right-of-way and interferes with pedestrian traffic.|
|Defamation||A business makes a false statement about another company that results in financial damages.|
|Tax Fraud||An airline company claims personal expenses as business expenses.|
|False Advertising||A company misleads consumers about product claims.|
|Violations of Federal Laws||A company infringes a person’s intellectual property rights or plagiarizes his/her work.|
Steps to Suing a Company
If you have exhausted all of your options, it is time to think about filing a civil lawsuit. The procedure of suing a company will differ depending on the company’s structure and liability, jurisdiction, state laws, etc. Here is a general guideline to help you file a civil lawsuit by yourself:
- Determine who it is you want to sue. You need to find out if it is a business, an individual, or both.
- Determine the correct jurisdiction. Find out where the individual lives or where the business operates. This can also be based on where the incident happened.
- Draft a demand letter. Create a demand letter to be submitted to the court and defendant that explains your case and the financial damages you are suing for.
- Fill up the court forms and register with the court. You may also need to pay court filing fees.
- Receive your court date.
- Serve documents to the defendant via mail.
Sue A Company With DoNotPay
Suing a company in a small claims court sounds easy. But you’ll soon find out that filing a lawsuit by yourself requires you to write your demand letter and complete countless forms. DoNotPay streamlines the entire lawsuit process for you! As the world’s first robot lawyer, it can help you sue anyone with its Sue Now product, all you have to do is:
- Log in to DoNotPay and select the Sue Now product
- Enter the dollar amount you are owed
- Select whether you want a demand letter or court filing forms
- Describe the reason for the lawsuit and submit any applicable details, including photo proof
That’s it! DoNotPay will then generate a demand letter or court filing forms for you. We’ll even mail a copy of your demand letter to the individual or business you are suing!
Big Brands That DoNotPay Has Helped Sue
Still not convinced? Whether it’s big brands or the local grocery shop, we can help you file for financial damage against a business. Here are some of the big companies that we have helped our user sue and win:
And so much more!