The last I heard anyone who filed a small claims court suit won an automatic judgement because no one showed up to contest the suit.
I say it is worth having since it is seemingly so easy to get.
I once considered filing a small claims lawsuit against a travel agent who owed me a lot of advertising money. This was a travel agent who took a lot of cruise deposits and kept the money instead of forwarding it on to the cruise lines. That is against the law.
He is now in jail.
It just amazes me that the Burkes have managed to avoid any legal consequences so far. Sometimes I think Florida is corrupt state if you know the right people.