(a) Any person, partnership, firm or corporation which is sued in a small claims court
for any cause of action arising out of its business activities, shall pay any judgment
rendered against it in its true name or in any name in which it conducts business. “True name” includes the legal name of a natural person and the name under which
a partnership, firm or corporation is licensed, registered, incorporated or otherwise
authorized to do business. “Conducting business” as used in this section shall include, but not be limited
to, maintaining signs at business premises or on business vehicles; advertising;
entering into contract; and printing or using sales slips, checks, invoices or receipts. Whenever a judgment has been rendered against a person, partnership, firm or corporation
in other than its true name and the judgment has remained unpaid for thirty-five days
after receipt by the judgment debtor of notice of its entry, the aggrieved judgment
creditor shall be entitled to commence an action in small claims court against such
judgment debtor, notwithstanding the jurisdictional limit of the court, for the sum
of the original judgment, costs, reasonable attorney's fees, and one hundred dollars.
(b) Whenever a judgment which relates to activities for which a license is required
has been rendered against a business which is licensed by a state or local licensing
authority and which remains unpaid for thirty-five days after receipt by the judgment
debtor of notice of its entry and the judgment has not been stayed or appealed, the
state or local licensing authority shall consider such failure to pay, if deliberate
or part of a pattern of similar conduct indicating recklessness, as a basis for the
revocation, suspension, conditioning or refusal to grant or renew such license. Nothing herein shall be construed to preempt an authority's existing policy if it
is more restrictive.
(c) The clerk shall attach to the notice of suit required under this article a notice
of the duty imposed by this section.
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