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You can object to the attorney's representation
of the defendant due to a conflict of interest
because he is a partner in the law firm of your long-term attorney.
The court will almost surely require that the attorney be removed from the case.
However, that has nothing to do with whether or not the case can be removed.
As long as you are claiming less than $5,000 there is no reason for the case to be removed to district court and you can contest that there is simply no reason to justify the case being moved to district court.
As long as you are suing for less than this amount and there is no counterclaim
against you for more than $5,000, there's no reason for the case to be removed to district court, so if you can contest it on that basis, the small claims court should retain jurisdiction over the suit.
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