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Issue estoppel, res judicata and abuse of process


Jener Daluz v John McMahon [2016] NSWSC 202

Application for summary dismissal of medical negligence proceedings relating to treatment of injuries said to have been sustained by the plaintiff in a motor vehicle accident – settlement of separate proceedings relating to the accident itself – whether consent judgment in those proceedings concluded the issue of damage in the medical negligence proceedings – issues of res judicata, estoppel, abuse of process and double satisfaction

Issue estoppel

Estoppel – Issue estoppel – Appellant employed at abattoir operated by respondent – Appellant subsequently employed by third party providing labour services to respondent – Appellant complained to Fair Work Ombudsman that entitlements not paid upon termination of employment – Fair Work Ombudsman commenced proceedings in Federal Court of Australia against respondent – Federal Court determined respondent, not third party, was appellant’s employer – Appellant commenced proceedings claiming damages from respondent for personal injury sustained at abattoir – Appellant argued third party, not respondent, was his employer – Respondent argued appellant was issue estopped by reason of Federal Court proceedings from denying that respondent was appellant’s employer – Whether appellant was issue estopped by reason of declarations and orders made in Federal Court proceedings – Whether appellant was privy in interest with Fair Work Ombudsman in Federal Court proceedings.


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