The Ninth Circuit employed the doctrine of res judicata
and dismissed ASFA's class action, thereby extending the government enormous parens patriae authority to subsume private claims.
The Florida Supreme Court has distinguished the doctrine of res judicata
from the law of the case doctrine as follows: "Where successive appeals are taken in the same case there is no question of res judicata, because the same suit, and not a new and different one, is involved.
In a decision handed down last June, a state court of appeals grappled with the issue of whether the doctrine of res judicata
precludes spouses from filing civil tort claims after a divorce petition has been filed.
Accordingly, the court applied the legal doctrine of res judicata
to bar Dr.
The district court dismissed the case under the doctrine of res judicata
39) Alternatively, even if the appellant-wife had not submitted the affidavit of support in the divorce proceedings, "the end result is the same because the appellant's claims were still barred by the doctrine of res judicata