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if i start a claim against someone and they reply witha counterclaim

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if i start a claim against someone and they reply witha counterclaim to my claim then i drop my claim what happens can they still pursue their counterclaim even though there now is no claim?

Yes the Defendant can continue prosecuting a counterclaim as an independent lawsuit even after the Plaintiff has dismissed the original complaint.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Is this canadian law? If there is no claim how can there be a counterclaim this dosnt really make any sense.

It does make sense because a counter claim is an claim that stands by itself. You have sued him, and now he is suing you. You can back away from your claim, but the law says that doesn't compel him to back away from his. So there is still a claim pending, only it is the Defendant- Counterclaimant and not the Plaintiff, who will now be called the Counter - Defendant. The Plaintiff dismissing his claim won't make a validly filed counter claim go away, and yes, that is Canadian law.

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