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Civil Procedure

Res Judicata

Res Judicata

Examine the doctrine of res judicata, sometimes called claim preclusion, which is a rule that bars relitigation of claims in later lawsuits when they were or should have been brought in earlier lawsuits.


One critical aspect of shaping any lawsuit is determining what claims can be asserted against which parties. That is the basic subject of this entire tutorial.

This particular clip is meant to introduce you to the concept of res judicata, a rule that sometimes bars even meritorious claims from being brought in a later lawsuit when they were (or should have been) brought in an earlier lawsuit. Well use our example case of Jack v. Bruno to explain the elements of res judicata, and then well...