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I am sorry to hear this.
When exactly did they issue this claim. Can you check the papers?
It is odd that you never received a demand letter after sending the cheque.
It doesn't mean that they cannot sue. But it does mean that if you are required to pay by the court the court may agree not to order interest run pre-judgment as you didn't know they still wanted to be paid the difference.
But yes, unfortunately they can sue. Your best defence is to explain why the bill was not fair and why you didn't pay the rest of the bill.
Then the court will decide if you really owe the money or not.
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Then you put this in your statement of defence.
You will be able to provide sworn testimony and that will be good proof.
Is there anything more I can help you with at this point in time?