What happens if you sue someone and lose?
If you sue and lose, and if the defense files a motion with the court to award them costs after the case is over, it is up to the judge to award costs or not.
If the court awards them damages including the legal fees, then yes, you have to pay it..
What happens if someone sues you and you don’t show up to court?
If you do not go to a small claims hearing, the creditor usually wins automatically “by default”. The plaintiff will get a judgment for the amount of money they asked for in the complaint. You can get a copy of the judgment from the court. The judgment will remain for 20 years.
How much money does it cost to sue?
It’s difficult to come up with an average number for how much suing someone costs, but you should expect to pay somewhere around $10,000 for a simple lawsuit. If your lawsuit is complicated and requires a lot of expert witnesses, the cost will be much, much higher.
Is it worth suing someone for $500?
Yes, you can sue in small claims court. However, even if you win in small claims court (can prove that she borrowed $500) that still does not force her to pay you. If she fails to pay the judgment, you would have to obtain a wage assignment…
How long can someone wait to sue you?
Except for when you sue a government agency, you almost always have at least one year from the date of harm to file a lawsuit, no matter what type of claim you have or which state you live in. In short, you should have no statute of limitations worries if you sue within this one-year period.