Daily Decisions: Res Judicata Applies to Lines, Not to Points

Karlberg v. Otten (Division 1, April 2, 2012), should be an easy case about res judicata, but it gets a bit complicated when the Court of Appeals attempts to analogize and distinguish previous opinions regarding the doctrine.  In the end, we get this jurisprudential nugget:  “The first action determined a line, not just a point.”  Accordingly, res judicata applies?  Is the Court of Appeals adopting its own version of the point-line-plane postulate?  It is all a bit unclear.

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Does res judicata apply? I have no idea.

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