EASIER ENFORCEMENT OF OUT-OF-STATE COURT JUDGEMENTS

By Bob Katzen

The House approved and sent to the Senate a bill designed to make it easier for Massachusetts residents to get the state to enforce a judgement the resident has received from another state.

“This bill would permit enforcement of a court judgement of another state by the mere act of filing it in the office of a Clerk of Court,” said the bill’s sponsor Rep. Ruth Balser (D-Newton).  “Currently in Massachusetts, the holder of a foreign judgement must file an entirely new civil lawsuit. By passing this bill, Massachusetts would come into line with 47 other states.”

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