Small Claims Limit in Wisconsin Increased to $10,000

For civil actions, classification of the lawsuit depends upon the amount of money sought by the plaintiff.  A lawsuit would be brought in small claims court when the amount claimed by the plaintiff was $5,000.00 or less.  If the amount claimed by the plaintiff was greater than $5,000.00, the case would be in large claims court.  Small claims court provides for a process in which cases can be handled much more efficiently and under a shorter time frame. 

Recently, Governor Walker signed a bill into Wisconsin law which increases the small claims limit from $5,000.00 or less to $10,000.00 or less.  This limit of $10,000.00 applies to cases filed on or after July 1, 2011.  The increase of the limit for small claims cases does not apply to third-party complaints, personal injury claims, or tort claims. 

Because of this change, it is expected that a shift of cases will likely occur from large claim cases to small claims cases.  This new law will likely provide for a quicker and more efficient resolution of greater number of plaintiffs’ claims. 

If you have a right to assert a claim against another for damages, our office can help you recover the amount you are entitled to receive.  Call us for a free initial consultation. 

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