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This is an unusual procedure.
There are two phases to any civil case 1) liability and 2) damages. The liability portion is just a determination as to who is responsible, if anybody.
The second issue is if someone is responsible, how much they are responsible for.
The judge made a decision on the first part and set the case for a decision on the second part for a later time.
You have a couple of choices. First, you can file bankruptcy and wipe out this debt as well as any others that you have. Second, you can oppose whatever it is they say you owe. Many times these debt collection companies can't prove what you owe due to them not having the paperwork.
What you need to do is do discovery on this to find out what paperwork they have to prove that you owe them money. I am going to suggest you purchase two e-books at the following links:
Both of those books explain how to do discovery to find out what evidence they have. If they don't have any evidence then you can ask the judge to render judgment for $0.
There is no minimum amount than you can send a month to stop the process unless they somehow agree to that. The problem is that if you agree to that then you are going to have to admit you owe a certain amount of money whereas if you handle it the other way you may be able to get out of owing them anything at all.
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