My question involves court procedures for the state of: TN
A friend of mine moved out of her rental house Sept of last year. She left some damage to the house that needed to be repaired. The damage was 2 or 3 interior doors and frames that needed to be replaced and a few inch hole in the wall. So an officer comes to her new place with a summons. She was being sued by the owner (a prominent local business owner) for somewhere around $2000.
On the court date, she went there just to be told that it was canceled due to the snow and she would be contacted. She was not contacted again. So 2 or 3 weeks later she called and was told that they already had her court date and that since she wasn't there the judgment was against her in the amount of over $4000. That's twice what she was being sued for in the first place. She was told that they left a voicemail (at a number that isn't hers), so they did inform her. We live in a small town and neither of us are from here. This just seems to ooze corruption to me. Can anything be done?