What types of cases do small claims courts typically hear?
UPDATED: February 20, 2013
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Small claims courts frequently hear disputes such as these:
(1) a laundry service loses a customer's shirts but refuses to pay for them, or is willing to pay an amount that the customer thinks is inadequate;
(2) a landlord improperly refuses to return a tenant's security deposit;
(3) a driver who hit a parked car won't pay to repair the fender;
(4) the new luggage you bought breaks, and the store says "tough luck";
(5) a doctor charged $1,800, the health insurer says $650 is "reasonable and customary" and won't pay one cent more, and the doctor is "dunning" you;
(6) the kid next door hits a baseball through your window, his parents say its his responsibility and that he has to pay out of his weekly $2 allowance - it would take 10 years to collect.