collateral estoppel

Definition of "collateral estoppel"
  1. A legal principle that prevents a party involved in a prior resolved lawsuit from relitigating the same issue in a different suit
How to use "collateral estoppel" in a sentence
  1. The judge applied the rule of collateral estoppel, barring the parties from relitigating already decided matters.
  2. Collateral estoppel can be invoked to streamline litigation by avoiding repeated issues.
  3. Because of collateral estoppel, he could not contest the same issues he disputed in the previous case.

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