If the defendant files an answer with a countersuit, the plaintiff must answer
and defend against the countersuit as though a new lawsuit has been lodged
against the plaintiff. It is imperative that the answer period is not allowed to
lapse, or else a default be entered against the plaintiff.
Yellow objects (like 3 and 4a above) are off-page
links to items on a different page in the document.
Turquoise objects (like 1 and 2 in circles on pg
3) are on-page links to items on the same page.