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The limit is normally between $3,000 and $10,000, depending on your state. For instance, the maximum is $5,000 in New York, $10,000 in California, $7,500 in Minnesota, and $5,000 in Vermont. Recently, there has been a trend toward increasing small claims court limits. To find out the limit in your state, see Nolo's article How Much Can I Sue for in Small Claims Court?