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
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up predecessor in interest? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).