Federal Court: Parties to a court dispute cannot litigate the same issues more than once, although appeals are not considered re-litigation. There are exceptions to the rule against re-litigation: res judicata, issue estoppel and Anshun estoppel, which are "subsumed into the Federal Court’s implied incidental power to prevent abuse of its processes"; abuse of process by re-litigation; untenable claims; and judgement obtained by fraud.
This case summarises the different types of exceptions to the rule against litigation, as extracted below.
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