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I installed an appliance in a clients new home, the system

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I installed an appliance in a clients new home, the system failed some 12 months later. The client asked me to investigate and then repair. He then took an action against me in the Disputes Tribunal and failed. The hearing absolved me of any fault and liability. The client never paid me for my time and materials and when I took my claim to the Disputes Tribunal the referee ruled against me on the basis that I should have counter claimed at the original hearing. I am now taking my claim to the Civil Court but fear I may be ruled out on the grounds of Res Judicata
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Customer: Yes, my local Solicitor is fearful that my case may be thrown out on Res Judicata
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Customer: Go to the hearing and argue that my actual claim has never been argued in any jurisdiction and that after being absolved from any fault and liability I could reasonably expected to be paid along with other parties involved in the repair who have been paid
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Customer: i appealed this Disputes Tribunal decision in the District Court and my appeal was dismissed on the basis that the referee had not erred in law with his decision
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Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: New Zealand Law
Expert:  Chris The Lawyer replied 5 months ago.
If your claim in the Tribunal was dismissed because you did not counterclaim, then the case has not been ruled upon. This principle only applies where the thing has been adjudicated (which is what this means). So you should be able to bring the claim, and possibly by summary judgment if the defendants claims about the work have been dismissed on the merits.

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