Deer-Mt. Judea Sch. Dist. v. Kimbrell (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)Annotate this Case
In this school-funding dispute, a school district (District) filed an action on its own behalf and on behalf of its taxpayers to enjoin state actions in violation of state law and the Arkansas Constitution. The District alleged two claims against Appellees. The District then voluntarily nonsuited the special-and-local legislation claim so it could immediately appeal the adequacy claim in the "Beebe" case. The District brought the special-and-local-legislation claim as a separate case in the "Kimbrell" case. The Supreme Court dismissed the appeal of the Beebe case for a lack of finality. The circuit court subsequently consolidated the Beebe case and the Kimbrell case. After the circuit court decided the cases, the District appealed. The Supreme Court affirmed in part, reversed and remanded in part, and mooted in part, holding (1) the circuit court abused its discretion in ruling that some of the District's claims in the Beebe case were barred by res judicata but did not err in dismissing the District's other claims as barred by res judicata; (2) the circuit court did not err in striking the District's amended and supplemental complaint; and (3) the District's claims in the Kimbrell case were moot.