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Watkins v. Conway

United States Supreme Court
385 U.S. 188 (1966)


Watkins (plaintiff) obtained a $25,000 tort judgment against Conway (defendant) in a Florida court. Florida had a 20-year statute of limitations for domestic judgments. Five years and one day later, Watkins sued Conway on the judgment in a Georgia court without first reviving the Florida judgment. The Georgia trial court held that Watkins’s petition was barred by Georgia’s five-year statute of limitations on suits arising from foreign judgments. The trial court entered summary judgment in favor of Conway. Watkins appealed, arguing that the Georgia statute of limitations pertaining to foreign judgments violated the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the United States Constitution. The Supreme Court of Georgia affirmed the trial court’s judgment, and the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari to review.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)

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