Constitutional Law: Full Faith and Credit

Martin v. SAIF Corp. [09/12/07] 2007 MT 234, 339 Mont. 167, 167 P.3d 916 Montana’s public policy dictates against subrogation claims until after the worker is made whole. No public policy exception exists, however, to the full faith and credit accorded to final judgments. The Full Faith and Credit Clause obligates Montana to give effect to an final Oregon judgment. Where a Montana District Court granted summary judgment to the insurer based on the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Board final decision, the Montana District Court correctly granted summary judgment in the insurer’s favor.