Posted on August 19, 2019
Massachusetts has taken a significant step towards modernizing its law of judgment recognition by adopting the Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act. The UEFJA is the uniform law that governs the recognition of sister-state judgments, not foreign country judgments. Until this year, Massachusetts was one of a very few states that still required judgment creditors to bring an action on a judgment in order to enforce the judgment in Massachusetts, even when the judgment was entitled to full faith and credit. Under the new statute, sister-state judgments can simply be registered, and after registration, they are treated just as domestic judgments (with all the usual procedures for seeking to set aside judgments or to stay judgments pending appeal).