law of the case

: a doctrine in legal procedure: an issue especially of law that has been decided (as by an appeals court) will not be reconsidered in the same case unless compelling circumstances warrant such reconsideration
also : a matter of law considered as settled in a case
the jury instructions were not objected to and thus became the law of the case

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“Law of the case.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/law%20of%20the%20case. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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