When your refusal to pay a judgment is so crystal clearly wrong, you better be really, really right on the law.
Which the defendant isn't here.
I'd be looking -- actively looking -- for ways to make the surety here pay. It's been eight years since the plaintiffs here got their judgment. I have no problem whatsoever with tacking on some attorney's fees in light of the surety's intransigence.
Which is exactly what the Court of Appeal does. In a decision that's both consistent with the law as well as entirely equitable.