Questions on Claim Preclusion/Claim Splitting


1. Why did the plaintiff bring four different actions against the US?

2. What is the difference between claim splitting and claim preclusion?

3. Doesn't each action concern a different renewal period for the lease at issue? Why doesn't that make them different claims?

4. What if a defendant does not object to claim splitting and then one action comes to a judgment? May the defendant use claim preclusion to bar the other action? Why would allowing claim preclusion be unfair in such a case? Should issue preclusion still be allowed?

5. Does the defense of claim splitting apply when the claim is split into actions brought in different jurisdictions?