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I am defending myself in a lawsuit. The co-defendant was able

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I am defending myself in a lawsuit. The co-defendant was able to avoid service by the plaintiff. In my answer, I put in a claim against the co-defendant. Can I serve process of my answer with my claim on that person to get them into the lawsuit? or does the plaintiff have to do that?
You must file a crossclaim against the defendant. Then, you would serve the crossclaim and a summons on the codefendant, as if there were no original complaint against you or answer. The plaintiff has nothing to do with any of this. You would not serve your answer on the codefendant.

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