Mary McFadden, who had been adjudicated a vexatious litigant by the trial court, appealed from a judgment and order entered after the trial court granted its own motion to strike under Code of Civil Procedure section 436 and motion for judgment on the pleadings under section 438.
The California Court of Appeal relied on the Vexatious Litigant Statutes under the California Code of Civil Procedure:
“If, after hearing evidence on” a motion brought against a vexatious litigant under section 391.3 “the court determines that the litigation has no merit and has been filed for the purposes of harassment or delay, the court shall order the litigation dismissed. This subdivision shall only apply to litigation filed in a court of this state by a vexatious litigant subject to a prefiling order pursuant to Section 391.7 who was represented by counsel at the time the litigation was filed and who became in propria persona after the withdrawal of his or her attorney.”5 (§ 391.3, subd. (b).)
The California Court of Appeal also reviewed the principals of res judicata:
“ ‘If the matter was within the scope of the action, related to the subject matter and relevant to the issues, so that it could have been raised, the judgment is conclusive on it despite the fact that it was not in fact expressly pleaded or otherwise urged . . . . The reason for this is manifest. A party cannot by negligence or design withhold issues and litigate them in consecutive actions. Hence the rule is that the prior judgment is res judicata on matters which were raised or could have been raised, on matters litigated or litigable.’ ” (Tensor Group v. City of Glendale (1993) 14 Cal.App.4th 154, 160, original italics.)
The California Court of Appeal found that McFadden’s appeals had no merit and that they had been filed to harass the respondents, Los Angeles County; the appeals were dismissed.
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