Cleveland, OH asked in Business Law, Contracts and Small Claims for Ohio

Q: Can i sue in small claims court for money someone "owes" me in purchase agreement plus the max $6000 you can sue for?

They have breached the contract completely to buy a small business, business and taxes are in good standing, the purchase agreement has been signed, and they are still promising they will pay even after the extension we gave past closing date. They have caused a lot of damage, the contract does not say anything about recinding. They owe well over $6000 for small claims. Does the contract count as money to sue for, or can it be money he owes(specific performance), and i can sue for $6000 in damages as well. Must this go into superior court?

1 Lawyer Answer

Joseph Jaap

Answered
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: The maximum award in small claims court is $6000. In municipal court it is $15,000. Beyond that amount, or for specific performance, it is Common Pleas Court.

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