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How to Sue Apple [Guide 2022]

Updated August 1st 2022

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Do you have a dispute with Apple? This guide provides all the necessary steps on how to sue Apple in small claims court.

How to Sue Apple [Guide 2022]

How to Sue Apple [Guide 2022]


Thomas C.


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Introduction to suing Apple in Small Claims Court

Apple can be sued for $10,000 in their home state of California in small claims court. In other state, it can be as much as $20,000.

People often sue the company for:

  1. Warranty not honored
  2. Device arrived in poor condition
  3. Wrongful account termination and lost of access to purchase content

The first step of suing Apple in Small Claims Court

The first and most important thing to do when suing Apple is to make sure that you sue the right legal entity. Big companies often own lots of smaller companies that are very interconnected, so be sure to review the contracts you’ve signed with Apple for any legal entities they mention in your contract with them. By suing the wrong company, even if owned by the same parent company, you can have your case dismissed and you’ll have to file another small claims lawsuit.

Finding Apple's Registered Agent

The registered agent of Apple can be found at the bottom of the page. Select your state and you'll see the registered agent for Apple in your state.

If you’re suing Apple in another state, then you might need to name a different registered agent. You can always send a demand letter to Corporation Service Company in California no matter what state you’re filing in.

How to write a Demand Letter to Apple

  1. On the top, in the address block, put in the company name and address:
  2. Next, put the subject line as 'Re: Demand for Payment'
  3. In one sentence, tell them how much Apple owes you which you will claim in your small claims lawsuit.
  4. Then, in two to three sentences describe your issue. (ex: why you are owed for Failure to deliver package)
  5. Finally, state in plain language that you will go to small claims court if necessary. Don't say that you will do anything else, such as speaking poorly about them.
  6. On the bottom, include your name and address

Dispute can also generate a demand letter for you on your user dashboard.

How to send a demand letter to Apple

After you write the demand letter to Apple, you’ll want to send it to their registered agent so that it’s guaranteed to go to the legal department. Make sure that you get a tracking number for the mail you send them. It can become important evidence in your case.

If you don't want to make the trip to the post office or drop box with an envelope and stamp, Dispute will do it for you. Save yourself the time and hassle, and our team can take care of it for you.

File your small claims forms against Apple

You’ll need to find and prepare your small claims form based on where you decide to sue. Usually, people sue where the defendant lives or does business.

Then, wherever you decide to sue, look up the county small claims system. They’ll provide details on their website about what small claims forms are necessary. You can read more about the small claims process here.

Serve your small claims paperwork to Apple

One of the last steps before your trial will be to physically give the small claims paperwork to Apple. In order to keep your court date, you should hire a professional process server so that you can be sure all legal guidelines are appropriately followed.

Go to your small claims trial against Apple

On the date of your small claims trial, be sure to arrive early and well prepared. Bring at least three copies of all evidence you intend to present, and if your hearing is remote be sure to have provided copies in advance to the other party and to the court. Failure to follow the strict local guidelines can result in your case being dismissed, but if you’ve followed the rules then you can often win by default when the other party doesn’t show up.

Find the registered agent for your state

Get Dispute to file your small claims case online today. Win back the money you deserve.

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