If You, Not the Plaintiff, Were WrongedFile a Defendant's Claim

Finally, some defendants will not only want to dispute the plaintiff's claim but will also want to sue the plaintiff back. Perhaps you are outraged that the plaintiff sued first, because you are the person who was wronged. To assert your own claim against the plaintiff, promptly file a defendant's claim (sometimes called a counterclaim) for up to the dollar limit for your state's small claims court. (See the Appendix.) If you want to sue for a greater amount, ask the small claims clerk how to transfer the case to formal court.

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