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U.S. Uniform Foreign Money-Judgments Recognition Act1

Drafted by the Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws

§1. Definitions
As used in this Act: (1) "foreign state" means any governmental unit other than the United States, or any state, district, commonwealth, territory, insular possession thereof, or the Panama Canal Zone, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, or the Ryukyu Islands; (2) "foreign judgment" means any judgment of a foreign state granting or denying recovery of a sum of money, other than a judgment for taxes, a fine or other penalty, or a judgment for support in matrimonial or family matters.

§2. Applicability
This Act applies to any foreign judgment that is final and conclusive and enforceable where rendered even though an appeal therefrom is pending or it is subject to appeal.

§3. Recognition and Enforcement
Except as provided in section 4, a foreign judgment meeting the requirements of section 2 is conclusive between the parties to the extent that it grants or denies recovery of a sum of money. The foreign judgment is enforceable in the same manner as the judgment of a sister state which is entitled to full faith and credit.

§4. Grounds for Non-recognition

§5. Personal Jurisdiction

§6. Stay in Case of Appeal
If the defendant satisfies the court either that an appeal is pending or that he is entitled and intends to appeal from the foreign judgment, the court may stay the proceedings until the appeal has been determined or until the expiration of a period of time sufficient to enable the defendant to prosecute the appeal.

§7. Savings Clause
This Act does not prevent the recognition of a foreign judgment in situations not covered by this Act.

§8. Uniformity of Interpretation
This Act shall be so construed as to effectuate its general purpose to make uniform the law of those states which enact it.

§9. Short Title
This Act may be cited as the Uniform Foreign Money-Judgments Recognition Act.

§10. Repeal
The following Acts are repealed: (1) (2)

§11. Time of Taking Effect
This Act shall take effect _______.

Endnote:
List of jurisdictions where the Model Act has been adopted can be found in Westlaw under "ULA F Money Jmt".