I'm sorry to hear of your dilemma.
While you may be confused, you have been handed a potential gift by the judge.
What the court's Motion means is that the Plaintiff has not asked the court to set a trial date so that the case can be moved to conclusion and the court has just told the Plaintiff that they must now attend a hearing and show cause
why the lawsuit should not be dismissed for their failure to move it along.
If the suit is dismissed, you will not have a judgment rendered against you. And, if the statute of limitations
has already passed, even a dismissal without prejudice will not allow them to file and serve again.
You have nothing to worry about with this Motion. You may appear at the hearing, though t is unlikely that you would have anything to say which would sway the court to dismiss the case---aside from what the court is already aware of.
I wish you the best in 2011.
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