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Asked on: 10/22/05, 9:35 am

Judgment & Distant Forum Abuse

Years ago (10), there was a judgment entered against me a in VA court for a credit card debt. However, the only notification I received about the hearing was by mail (i.e. I was not served with papers,& were not even sent certified).At the time,I was,and still am,a resident of PA.The Court was located in Richmond. I was working full-time (plus lots of overtime) to support myself, my family and pay for college. I was not in a position to be taking off work (in my location, VERY hard to find,& I had no vacation/personal time benefit) to drive to a court 7 hours away. I did not appear for the hearing and a default judgment was entered. What, if anything, can be done about the judgment? I read about ''distant forum abuse'' re: VA proceedings. Is this a valid defense to have the case reopened/judgment vacated? To date, there has been no effort to enforce the judgment, nor have I ever been notified that a ''sister'' judgment was issued here in PA. What course of action should I take? Someone out there PLEASE HELP ME..in retrospect, I would have handled things differently, but I was young,nieve and stupid (I realize not a valid legal defense). This was probably the worst mistake of my life, and it is literally costing me my health.

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