Sample Answer to Verified Complaint for California by LegalDocsPro

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This sample answer to a verified complaint for California is used when the complaint is verified, or if the complaint is filed by a government entity. The answer contains instructions, a verification, and a proof of service by mail.

The author is a freelance paralegal with over 15 years of experience in California civil litigation and has used this sample for many years. Note that the author is NOT an attorney and no guarantee or warranty is provided.

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									 1   Any Defendant
     Any Street
 2   Any Town, CA 55555

 3   714-555-5555

 4   Defendant, In Pro Per

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 8                                    Superior Court of the State of California

 9                                     For the County of _________________

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11   Any Plaintiff,                                    )   Case No.
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12                    Plaintiff,                       )   ANSWER OF DEFENDANT______________ TO
                                                       )   COMPLAINT OF PLAINTIFF_________
13            vs.                                      )
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14   Any Defendant, and DOES 1-5                       )
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15                    Defendants.                      )
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18            Defendant, _____________________ for themself and no other Defendant, admits, denies
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     and alleges as follows:
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              1.      Defendant admits the allegations in paragraphs 1and 2.
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              2.      Defendant denies the allegations in paragraph 3.
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23            3.      Defendant has no information or belief that the allegations in paragraphs 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,

24   9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 are true so
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     Defendant denies them.
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              4.      Except as expressly admitted herein, Defendant denies all of the allegations of the
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     complaint.
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                                              ANSWER TO COMPLAINT
 1          Be sure to closely read the verified complaint and admit
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 3   only those paragraphs that you have to. If you know that
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     everything in a particular paragraph is false then deny it. If
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     you have no knowledge whether a particular paragraph is true,
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     then deny it on information and belief as shown in paragraph 3
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10   above. Remember that anything that you do not specifically
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12   deny will be considered admitted and that you must admit or
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     deny every paragraph.
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            FURTHER, AS SEPARATE AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSES to each and every cause of action
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     of the complaint, this Answering Defendant is informed and believes, and on such information and
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     belief alleges as follows:
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19                                    FIRST AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE

20          5. As a First and Separate Affirmative Defense, this Answering Defendant alleges that the
21   Plaintiff’s complaint and each cause of action contained therein fails to state facts sufficient to
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     constitute a cause of action against this Answering Defendant.
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                                    SECOND AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE
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            6. As a Second and Separate Affirmative Defense, this Answering Defendant alleges that

26   Plaintiff has failed to undertake prudent and necessary steps to rectify the problems alleged, if any, to
27   mitigate the damages, if any, claimed to have been suffered, or will suffer, by virtue of the alleged
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                                              ANSWER TO COMPLAINT
 1   conduct of this Answering Defendant, and, as such, the Plaintiff solely and proximately caused the

 2   damages complained of, if any, as alleged in Plaintiff’s complaint.
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                                      THIRD AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE
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               7. As a Third and Separate Af
								
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