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You need to file Motion for Leave to respond to the Complaint for Injunctive Relief. You need to include your response as an attachment on the Motion so that if the Court allows your Motion, your response (answer) would be automatically filed and accepted by the Court.
As for the underlying request for injunctive relief, that should be defeated using the doctrines of Res Judicata (claim preclusion) and Collateral Estoppel (issue preclusion), which bar a party to a previous lawsuit from suing on the same claim or issues already decided by a previous lawsuit between the same parties. These doctrines prevent parties from tying up the Court system for a very long time for the same claims and issues.
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That you inadvertently responded to their letter through personal mail and did not think that it was not necessary to file an official response since the case has already been settled. That you thought that it was due to inadvertence that that injunctive relief was filed and you wanted to call the Attorney's attention to it and thought that once you did this that the request for injunctive relief would be voluntarily withdrawn by the opposing party.
I am not sure while the Court did not find the res judicata argument to be persuasive. It is applicable in your case based on the information that you have provided here. You can still make the argument during the hearing/trial in the case.
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Q. What options do we have to keep this case on the docket for the trial and respond to their request for a default judgment?
Here is the rule that applies. It states in relevant part:
(e) Effect of Failure to File Notice. If a defendant fails to file a timely notice of intention to defend pursuant to this Rule, the court, on the date set for trial, may determine liability and assess damages based on ex parte proof by the plaintiff, unless the defendant appears and the court is satisfied that the defendant may have a defense to the claim. In that event, the court shall proceed with trial or, upon request of the plaintiff, may grant a continuance for a time sufficient to allow the plaintiff to prepare for trial on the merits.