Civil Lawsuit Searches – County Courts

A civil lawsuit case involves a legal dispute between two or more parties.

Typical cases found in civil court are:

  • Breach of Contracts
  • Small Claims
  • Money Owed
  • Consumer/Commercial Debt
  • Property
  • Damages
  • Collections
  • Tax Liens

You may want to consider adding a civil lawsuit case search to a background report if hiring or doing business with the following:

  • Employees with a fiduciary and fiscal responsibility
  • Employees handling cash
  • Accountants and/or bookkeepers
  • C-Level Executives
  • Banking and Financial Industry
  • Business partners

Bear in mind that the Fair Credit Report Act applies to this type of search. In other words, you must allow the applicant to dispute the findings if you are making a decision due to negative information found on a civil lawsuit search. In addition, if this type of search is ordered for an applicant, it must also be ordered for any other applicant applying for the same type level employment position.

A civil lawsuits search is not considered an exact science, due to the fact that identifiers such as DOB, SSN or address may not be present in the original complaint filed. This search is not recommended for very common name combinations unless you have a prior knowledge of plaintiff and defendant’s name or case date.

Sample Civil Lawsuit Case Report

Circuit Court of Maryland
Judgment Information
Original Judgment
Case Number: 17C985241258745
Judgment Entered Date: 05/14/2018
Amount: $18,148.53
Book Page:
For: Lion Imperial Associates Limited Partnership
Against: Doe, Michael & Doe, Mary residing at 11340 South Central Ave, Baltimore, MD
Judgment Comments:

Judgment Modification
Case Number: 17C985241258745
Judgment Entered Date: 05/14/2018
Status Date: 07/18/2018
Amount: $23,450.18
Book Page:
For: Lion Imperial Associates Limited Partnership
Against: Doe, Michael & Doe, Mary
Judgment Comments: Post-judgment interest at the legal rate and open court costs paid