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.