Plaintiff successfully tricks Defendant into traveling to Florida just to serve Defendant with a summons.
Is service that is obtained through fraud valid and therefore merit full faith and credit in a different jurisdiction?
Plaintiff Wyman begs Defendant Newhouse to travel to Florida urgently. Plaintiff said that she was leaving the United States to take care of her mother in Ireland and that she really wanted to see Defendant before she left. Defendant acquiesces and upon arriving in Florida, sees plaintiff and a deputy sheriff who serves him with process. Defendant is a resident of New York and has never been a resident of Florida.
Is service of process obtained through fraud valid and enforceable in another jurisdiction?
No. A judgement that is obtained using fraud in one jurisdiction is void and will not be enforceable in a different jurisdiction. Judgement should have been vacated in Florida and has no merit in New York. Decision of the lower court is affirmed.