Res Judicata means "the thing decided." This basic rule embedded in our court system means that a final judgment on the merits of the case by a court with jurisdiction is deemed to be conclusive between the parties as to all matters that were litigated or that could’ve been litigated in that lawsuit. As the District Court of the U.S. Virgin Islands recently decided, this also applies to administrative rulings that are decided on an issue.
Cherie Allahar alleged several claims regarding her employment and termination from Clinical Lab. She claimed that Clinical Lab violated the Virgin Islands Civil Rights Act and the Virgin Islands Wrongful Discharge Act (“WDA”). Both claims were based on Clinical Lab’s alleged retaliatory acts and patterns and practices of discrimination on the basis of Allahar’s race. Clinical Lab asked the court to dismiss these counts of the Complaint.