First and foremost, you must file an Answer to the lawsuit with the Court. If you do not do this, a judge will rule against you by "default" and the plaintiff may get an order allowing him to garnish your wages.
If you have filed an answer and the plaintiff refuses to provide you with documents after sending them "discovery" questions, then you can file a motion asking the judge to "compel" the Plaintiff to produce the documents you need.
The other attorney is also correct--use your own records which would show that you have paid the debt down to $0 if you have them.
There is a difference between debt validation, a term used by the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and a law suit.
"Discovery" is the general time used in law suits to describe different methods of getting information from the opposing party. The laws are different in each state. You should
consult with an attorney in your area, and if nothing else, if you can not afford an attorney, at least get the explanation to start you on your path to getting the discovery you need.
And, do not forget your own resources--do you have copies of bills? cancelled checks? anything to support your belief that the account had been paid down to $-0-?
Good luck to you.
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