A plaintiff obtains a default against a defendant tenant who did not timely answer the summons and complaint.
A summary judgment motion can be filed after a defendant answers the complaint, and is used for the purpose of establishing that there is no triable issue of material fact and that the plaintiff ought to be granted a judgment as a matter of law.
An unlawful detainer lawsuit can be filed as a limited jurisdiction case if the amount of damages sought is $25,000 or less. An unlawful detainer lawsuit can be filed as an unlimited jurisdiction case (also known as general jurisdiction) if the amount of damages is more than $25,000.
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