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Have you called the local courthouse to see if there is actually a case filed? Debt collectors tend to just send things that look like legal paperwork, but really isn't, just to try and scare people into paying..
Ok, then this is just probably their typical way to try and scare you into thinking a court case has been filed so you call and pay them. The reality of it is that for a $1200 debt, it isn't worth paying an actual attorney $1500 up front to go after a $1200 debt... it just isn't cost effective. And the debtor could always file bankruptcy and then the debt collector has lost all the way around.
They probably bought the alleged debt for $50 or so and are just trying to "shake the tree" to see if they can get any money to fall out.
If this were me, I would call down to the local courthouse and ask the clerk if any civil case in my name as a defendant had been filed. If not, I would just trash the letter and ignore it as they are being deceptive to try to enforce a debt you have already settled.
A simple bluff that means nothing legally but is intended to scare you into contacting them to pay them...