The judgment undoubtedly includes attorney's fees and interest. If he obtained a judgment against you, garnishment is one way to collect. You may have some exemptions to the garnishment. You would need to review that with an attorney. The fact that he works for the HOA where you used to live is not a conflict of interest. It is generally not a good idea to handle being sued by ignoring the issue until a judgment obtained against you is being collected. At that point it is a little late to do anything. The fact is that most of these gym contracts cannot be cancelled just because you move. Had you checked with an attorney then you could have seen if that particular contract had any possible loopholes and utilized them, or arranged a settlement or payment plan for a great deal less money. Now you are stuck paying a lot more as a result of just ignoring legal process against you. You should always take a lawsuit seriously.
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They won, you lost. You are stuck with the judgment unless you can get it set aside. There is no conflict of interest.
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