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    Default Can You Split a Claim to Avoid the Small Claims Court Cap on Damages

    My question involves small claims court in the state of: California


    My employer owes me $9,000.00 out of pocket expenses related to purchases and expenses made on his behalf. The number is too high for small claims, but too small to retain an attorney. Can I break down the expenditures and file 2 different claims?

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    Default Re: Can I Break Down a Claim into Two Different Claims to Fit Small Claims Parameters

    well, aren't you the lucky one. I understand California raised their limit to $10k as of the first of this year.

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    Default Re: Can I Break Down a Claim into Two Different Claims to Fit Small Claims Parameters

    Thank you for your time.... The first good news on this front.

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    Default Re: Can I Break Down a Claim into Two Different Claims to Fit Small Claims Parameters

    If you have a grand to play with, add interest on the debt to your claim.

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    Default Re: Can I Break Down a Claim into Two Different Claims to Fit Small Claims Parameters

    Interest is not a number you fabricate and tack on to a claim. You have contractual interest, statutory interest (that allowed by a statute under which you're making your claim) or potentially common law interest, but whatever the basis of your interest claim it's something you calculate based upon the applicable rate, not a number you pull out of thin air.

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