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Took AT&T mobility to small claims court. They cited Texas rules of civil procedure 92, General denial as their response. What does this mean

 

General Denial. An answer that denies all of the plaintiffs allegations without specifying the reasons is sufficient to constitute an answer or appearance and does not bar the defendant from raising any defense at trial.

 

 

 how should I proceed?

 

You proceed to trial and state your case and present your evidence.

 

Then the defendant states his case and presents his evidence..

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Took AT&T mobility to small claims court. They cited Texas rules of civil procedure 92, General denial as their response. What does this mean and how should I proceed?

 

Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 92 states the following:

 

A general denial of matters pleaded by the adverse party which are not required to be denied under oath, shall be sufficient to put the same in issue. When the defendant has pleaded a general denial, and the plaintiff shall afterward amend his pleading, such original denial shall be presumed to extend to all matters subsequently set up by the plaintiff.

When a counterclaim or cross-claim is served upon a party who has made an appearance in the action, the party so served, in the absence of a responsive pleading, sh all be deemed to have pleaded a general denial of the counterclaim or cross-claim, but the party shall not be deemed to have waived any special appearance or motion to transfer venue. In all other respects the rules prescribed for pleadings of defensive matter are applicable to answers to counterclaims and cross-claims.

 

So the reply by the defendant of a general denial simply means that the defendant is denying all the claims and allegations in your complaint, i.e. the defendant is not admitting to anything you put in the complaint. That in turn means you’ll have to prove everything in your complaint when you get to trial.

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