(b) Filing and status of foreign decrees.
A copy of a foreign decree authenticated in accordance with the statutes of this state may be filed in the office of the clerk of any circuit court of this state. The clerk, upon verifying with the commissioner that the decree or order qualifies as a "foreign decree" shall treat the foreign decree in the same manner as a decree of a circuit court of this state. A foreign decree so filed has the same effect and shall be deemed a decree of a circuit court of this state, and is subject to the same procedures, defenses and proceedings for reopening, vacating or staying as a decree of a circuit court of this state and may be enforced or satisfied in like manner.
(c) Notice of filing.
(1) At the time of the filing of the foreign decree, the plaintiff shall make and file with the clerk of the court an affidavit setting forth the name and last known post-office address of the defendant.
(2) Promptly upon the filing of the foreign decree and the affidavit, the clerk shall mail notice of the filing of the foreign decree to the defendant at the address given and to the commissioner of this state and shall make a note of the mailing in the docket. In addition, the plaintiff may mail a notice of the filing of the foreign decree to the defendant and to the commissioner of this state and may file proof of mailing with the clerk. Lack of mailing notice of filing by the clerk shall not affect the enforcement proceedings if proof of mailing by the plaintiff has been filed.
(3) No execution or other process for enforcement of a foreign decree filed hereunder may issue until thirty days after the date the decree is filed.
(d) Stay of the foreign decree.
(1) If the defendant shows the circuit court that an appeal from the foreign decree is pending or will be taken, or that a stay of execution has been granted, the court shall stay enforcement of the foreign decree until the appeal is concluded, the time for appeal expires, or the stay of execution expires or is vacated, upon proof that the defendant has furnished the security for the satisfaction of the decree required by the state in which it was rendered.
(2) If the defendant shows the circuit court any ground upon which enforcement of a decree of any circuit court of this state would be stayed, the court shall stay enforcement of the foreign decree for an appropriate period, upon requiring the same security for satisfaction of the decree which is required in this state.
(e) It shall be the policy of this state that the insurance commissioner shall cooperate with regulatory officials in other United States jurisdictions to the greatest degree reasonably practicable in enforcing lawfully issued orders of such other officials subject to public policy and the insurance laws of the state. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the commissioner may enforce an order lawfully issued by other officials provided the order does not violate the laws or public policy of this state.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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