I was a pro per defendant in a civil lawsuit. Couldn't afford an attorney.
I lost a motion to strike and the plaintiff won attorneys fees. The plaintiff apparently got one judgment just for attorneys fees during those pre-trial motions.
After that, I just stopped litigating the lawsuit. The plaintiff ultimately got a default judgment against me.
My question is, did that final default judgment on the merits include or combine the previous judgment that was just on attorneys fees?
The notice of the final default judgment does have a section for attorneys fees, it's actually slightly more than the initial judgment just for attorneys fees. but I can't tell whether that's including/combining the attorneys fees before and after the first judgment, or if it for new attorneys fees for litigating only after that first judgment. (It's about 10% more money than the first judgment.)
Can their be only one judgment per plaintiff, per defendant, per lawsuit? Or multiple?
My guess is that the final judgment includes dismissal of the case in the ward of the attorneys fees. It is that final judgment you should appeal if that’s what you wanna do. You can peel both just to satisfy your mind
Yes there can be more than one judgment. The documents would need to be reviewed in order to determine if the last judgment merged and replaced the initial judgment.
No, there can be more than one. You really needed to have an attorney, but since you could not afford one, you should have contacted local law school legal clinics and the Bar Association.
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