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A litigant has a due process right to a 'full and fair opportunity to litigate an issue.' Hardy v. Johns-Manville Sales Corp., 681 F.2d 334, 338 (5th Cir.1982). Therefore, the conclusive effect of a prior judgment may only be invoked against a party or a privy. Id. The concept of 'privity' is a legal conclusion, not a 'judgmental process.' Southwest Airlines Co. v. Texas International Airlines, 546 F.2d 84, 95 (5th Cir.), cert. denied, 434 U.S. 832, 98 S. Ct. 117, 54 L. Ed. 2d 93 (1977). A nonparty will be considered in privity, or sufficiently close to a party in the prior suit so as to justify preclusion, in three situations: First, a nonparty who has succeeded to a party's interest in property is bound by any prior judgments against that party. . . . Second, a nonparty who controlled the original suit will be bound by the resulting judgment. . . . Third, federal courts will bind a nonparty whose interests were represented adequately by a party in the original suit. . . .Freeman v. Lester Coggins Trucking, Inc., 771 F.2d 860, 864 (5th Cir.1985) (quoting Southwest Airlines, 546 F.2d at 95). 


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