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Civil Procedure Keyed to Yeazell
State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. v. Century Home Components
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Century Home (D) had to face more than 50 separate claims for damages following an outbreak of fire. Three of these cases were disposed of by final judgment. One was in favor of the defendant and the other two awarded damages to separate plaintiffs. State Farm (P) sought to use the prior judgments, which established Century Home’s(D) negligenceand liability to compensate losses due to the fire, in its action against Century Home (D). The trial court decided that collateral estoppel would prevent the defendant from relitigating on this issue.
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