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Do I need to respond to a summons, and what happens if I do

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Do I need to respond to a summons, and what happens if I do not?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Consumer Protection Law
Expert:  CalAttorney2 replied 1 year ago.

Yes, you do need to respond. If you do not the plaintiff will obtain what is called a "default judgment" against you meaning they get a judgment for the entire amount claimed in the complaint and you will lose the opportunity to defend the matter on its merits (object to the facts stated in the complaint).