http://www.west.net/~smith/smjuris.htm - This link should help to answer most of your question. After reading it, I believe that if the amount does not meet that price/cost then the court doesn't have jurisdiction. Without jurisdiction, they can't, and probably won't, answer anything. Without jurisdiction, it is my understanding that they wouldn't even hear the case; so, it wouldn't be dismissed because it would never be opened. On the other hand, if it is opened already, you can always submit a motion and ask anything you'd like; just be aware that they may say no. The link provided doesn't discuss consequential damages, but it does discuss that counterclaims can be filed if the amount is under $75,000.00.