Garcia-Monagas v. Garcia-Ramirez de Arellano, No. 09-1460 (1st Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
Siblings have previously filed multiple lawsuits in the Puerto Rico Commonwealth courts, claiming that under Puerto Rico inheritance law they were the rightful owners of property, including a farm and sugar mill. Each action was resolved against them. They filed suit in federal court, alleging that defendants violated a "panoply of federal laws by defrauding them of their rightful inheritances." The district court dismissed on res judicata grounds. The First Circuit affirmed, rejecting a public policy argument. Plaintiffs did not establish fraud in previous litigation and the claims all derive from the same core of operative facts.