Balk (plaintiff), a resident of North Carolina, owed $344 to Epstein, a resident of Maryland. Harris (defendant), also a resident of North Carolina, owed $180 to Balk. While Harris was travelling to Baltimore, Maryland, he was served with a writ of attachment from Epstein for the debt that he owed to Balk. After returning to North Carolina, Harris consented to the attachment. Shortly after this consent, Balk sued Harris in North Carolina state court for the $180. Harris argued that he had already paid the debt and that the Maryland judgment was entitled to full faith and credit by the North Carolina court. The North Carolina state courts held for Balk, finding that the judgment was not entitled to full faith and credit given that Harris was only temporarily in Maryland.