What is COLLATERAL ESTOPPEL? Definition of COLLATERAL ESTOPPEL in Black's Law Dictionary - Legal dictionary - Glossary of legal terms.
The collateral determination of a question by a court having general jurisdiction Of the subject. Small v. Haskins, 26 Vt. 209.
Conclusiveness of judgment in prior action where subsequent action is upon a different cause of action. Babcock v. Babcock, 63 Cal.App.2d 94, 146.P.2d 279, 281.
Where complaint in a divorce action alleged that there was no community property, and divorce decree found that all allegations of complaint were true and sustained by evidence, the decree was a conclusive determination that husband's insurance policies were not community property, and under the doctrine of "collateral estoppel" divorced wife was estopped from litigating that issue upon husband's death. Maxwell v. Maxwell, 66 Cal.App.2d 549, 152 P.2d 530, 532.
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