It's impossible to advise you without knowing the details of your lawsuit and why you were countersued. A full consultation would be necessary to properly advise you.
His counterclaim was probably dismissed when he failed to appear.
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I suppose one option is to wait to be served with a complaint. It may be the case that he has no grounds to sue you, and just filed a frivolous case against you.
Depends on what you mean by countersued. If you were served with a "Plaintiff’s Claim and Order to Go to Small Claims Court" (SC-100) then there is a new case against you and you will need to appear and explain what happened at the last case. If you were served with Defendant’s Claim and ORDER to Go to Small Claims Court (SC-120) then that claim would have been dismissed when he didn't show up. Look at the case number, if its the same, then it was probably dismissed. If its different, then you may have to appear. Also, the hearing date, that should be a good indication. If you want to be sure, contact an attorney who helps people with small claims cases for a free consultation. Good luck!
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