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Are you suing a business? You will have to be careful how you name your defendant. Follow the information below to make sure you successfully name your defendant.

Naming a Business as a Defendant

Before suing a business in Small Claims Court, make sure to name it properly.
Usually it is proper to name the business as listed on the business license.  You should consider naming the business on Paragraph 2 of the Claim form similar to the samples below:

2. Jim Jones, or

2. Jim Jones individually and d.b.a. Quick Clean Pools, or

2. Jim Jones individually and as a partner, Jones and Smith, partnership, or

2. Quality Investments, Inc., or

2. Quality Investments, Inc. d.b.a. Quality Mortgages.

Most cities require a business license. You should consider calling the business license division of City Hall in the city where the business is located. You may also want to look on the City’s website (see below) to see if they have a business look-up option on the web.

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City Phone Number
Aliso Viejo (949) 425-2505
Anaheim (714) 765-5194
Brea (714) 834-2889
Buena Park (714) 562-3538
Costa Mesa (714) 754-5225
Cypress (714) 229-6700
Dana Point (949) 248-3500
Fountain Valley (714) 593-4400
Fullerton (714) 738-6884
Garden Grove (714) 751-5000
Huntington Beach (714) 536-5227
Irvine (949) 724-6310
La Habra (562) 905-9701
La Palma (714) 690-3300
Laguna Beach (949) 497-3311
Laguna Hills (949) 707-2600
Laguna Niguel (949) 362-4300
Laguna Woods (949) 639-0500
Lake Forest (949) 461-3420
Los Alamitos (562) 431-3538
Mission Viejo (949) 470-3000
Newport Beach (949) 644-3138
Orange (714) 744-2270
Placentia (714) 993-8231
Rancho Santa Margarita (949) 635-1800
San Clemente (949) 361-6100
San Juan Capistrano (949) 443-6304
Santa Ana (714) 647-5400
Seal Beach (562) 431-2527
Stanton (714) 379-9222
Tustin (714) 573-3025
Villa Park (714) 998-1500
Westminster (714) 898-3311
Yorba Linda (714) 961-7150