Presumably, you previously entered into a settlement agreement to make installment payments and also a stipulation for entry of judgment. The settlement agreement and/or stipulation will usually set forth whether or not you have the right to challenge the entry of judgment as well as whether or not the creditor must provide you with ex parte notice.
If the case was already dismissed, however, it is possible you may be able to argue that the court no longer has jurisdiction to set aside the dismissal and enter judgment. Only an attorney will be able to ascertain whether you have a viable argument in this regard.
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The creditor is asking the court to re-activate your case so they can have judgment entered against you. You may have to appear in court to oppose the request. The papers that were served on you should have the date, time and place for the hearing. If not, call the court or the other side and ask for the information.
You might save time, effort, inconvenience, and maybe money, by just contacting the other side and trying to get it resolved.