A default judgment is a judgment entered by a court against a party when said party fails to perform a court-ordered action.
Typically default judgments arise when a Plaintiff has filed a suit and a Defendant has failed to file an Answer to the Complaint within the statutory period of time. The Defendant’s failure to respond with an Answer puts him/her in default, and allows the court to issue a default judgment in the Plaintiff’s favor, which is binding on the Defendant.