If I serve a defendant an unfiled summons and complaint can they then counter sue? I understand they can demand I file the complaint with the court, and that if I don't in 14 days after the demand the complaint is void, but are there any real negatives for serving an unfiled summons and complaint? I'm betting the defendant would like to have the option of keeping the case off the books so I'd like to start with an unfiled complaint as a negotiating tactic.
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