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Legal Memorandum: Applying Doctrine of Judicial Estoppel

Issue: Under the laws of the U.S. Virgin Islands, when does the doctrine of judicial estoppel applied?

Area of Law: Litigation & Procedure
Keywords: Doctrine of Judicial Estoppel; Applicability
Jurisdiction: Virgin Islands
Cited Cases: None
Cited Statutes: None
Date: 07/01/2007

Various courts state the formula or elements necessary to invoke the judicial estoppel doctrine somewhat differently, but most agree on the first or threshold element: “a party’s later position must be ‘clearly inconsistent’ with its earlier position.”  New Hampshire v. Maine, 532 U.S. 742, 750 (2001) (citing cases); see Donaldson v. Bernstein, 104 F.3d 547, 555-56 (3d Cir. 1997); Gov’t of V.I. v. Lansdale, 172 F. Supp. 2d 636, 651 (D.V.I. 2001).   

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