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Watkins v. Resorts International Hotel and Casino, Inc.

Supreme Court of New Jersey
591 A.2d 592 (1991)


Murrell Watkins (plaintiff) and her husband, Abraham McDaniel, sued several Atlantic City, New Jersey, casinos in federal court, including Resorts International Hotel and Casino, Inc. (Resorts) (defendant), alleging that the casinos unlawfully discriminated against them on the basis of race by interfering with their bus company’s ability to run buses at the casinos. All of Watkins’s causes of action were federal claims. Watkins’ claims were dismissed on motion for lack of standing and failure of process. The Watkinses re-filed their claims in state court against the same defendants,, and the defendants filed a motion to dismiss based on res judicata, collateral estoppel, and the entire controversy doctrine. The state court granted the defendants’ motion, and the court of appeals affirmed. The Supreme Court of New Jersey granted certiorari.

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