Ruhl Votes To Raise Monetary Limit In Small Claims Court
February 25, 2016 - 2:24 PM
Rep. Margaret Ann Ruhl
COLUMBUS - State Representative Margaret Ann Ruhl (R-Mount Vernon) voted in
favor of legislation that doubles the monetary cap in small claims
courts during yesterday’s session.
House Bill 387, sponsored by Cincinnati-area lawmakers Reps. Lou
Terhar and Jonathan Dever, increases from $3,000 to $6,000 the amount of
money that is available for recovery in small claims divisions of
county and municipal courts, marking the first time in nearly 20 years
that the cap has been raised. The adjustment also puts Ohio on par with
both the national average and surrounding states.
“This increase in the dollar limit will help small businesses and
individuals recoup some of their losses,” Ruhl said. “Therefore, they
will not having to increase their costs by possible hiring of an
The previous $3,000 cap made it difficult for small businesses to
recover losses in small claims courts, especially after additional
court costs were factored in. Similarly, going through higher-level
courts is not an option for many businesses due to high attorney fees.
HB 387 both preserves the role of small claims courts being a quicker,
less expensive alternative, while still allowing businesses to recoup
losses when seeking monetary recoveries in civil disputes.
HB 387 now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.
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