Alex Jones owes more than $1 billion dollars from the court cases he has lost. As far as I know, he has yet to pay a cent. From a legal perspective, how can he avoid paying any money at all for so long?

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There are various reasons why an actual payment from a losing defendant may be delayed, including:

  • orders to pay can be stayed (suspended) while being appealed, although the court will typically require the defendant to pay the money into court to be held in trust;
  • the person owing can simply decline to pay (through a variety of avoidance tactics), leaving it to the plaintiff(s)/creditor(s) to commence enforcement actions like garnishment or seizure;
  • a payment plan may have been agreed to, including a delay in the initial payment;
  • the person owing might not have the funds — this circumstance would transition into bankruptcy proceedings with the successful plaintiffs among the creditors (I believe this is what's going on with Mr. Jones).
  • I don't believe Alex Jones has the orders stayed.
    – Simd
    Commented Dec 17, 2023 at 15:00
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    Two small additions: to stay a money judgment pending appeal you normally have to post a bond equal to the amount of the judgment although exceptions are made for very large judgments so that the full amount doesn't need to be posted; and the debt also dies with the debtor. Some states have a (long) statute of limitations to enforce a money judgment (in Colorado it is 20 years).
    – ohwilleke
    Commented Dec 19, 2023 at 11:56
  • @ohwilleke Thank you. I added the first point, but I'm just checking how universal the second point is, so I can phrase it accurately. I think in many places, while debts are not inherited, debts are still payable out of the estate. Feel free to make an edit directly, too.
    – Jen
    Commented Dec 20, 2023 at 1:57
  • @Jen indeed. Debts are payable from the estate to the extent of its assets.
    – ohwilleke
    Commented Dec 20, 2023 at 5:10

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