predecessor in interest

pre·​de·​ces·​sor in interest | \ ˈpre-də-ˌse-sər-, ˈprē-\

Legal Definition of predecessor in interest

: a person who previously held the rights or interests currently held by another : a party with whom another is in privity specifically : a party in a previously related civil case who was in a similar position and dealt with similar issues and facts as a party in the current case and so had the same motive as the current party in developing testimony at trial — see also former testimony at testimony

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