A defendant moves for summary judgment on a civil complaint on numerous grounds. The court grant the Motion but does not state in any respect why it granted the Motion. The Order states that Summary Judgment is granted, and that's it. Can another defendant that was not a party to the first case use that ruling as mutual collateral estoppel to bar Plaintiff from litigating the similar claims against it when it would be asking the Court to speculate as to what the first Court decided in granting the summary judgment Motion in the first case.
The basis for the ruling, if not in writing, will be in the transcript of the recorded hearing. I have been in many cases where the parties had to review past transcripts to determine issues already decided. The rest of your question is simply too vague for a concise answer.
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You don't say whether there was a hearing to hear argument on the motion. If a motion is apt to terminate a case, as happened in your case, a hearing must be granted if requested. If there was a hearing, the rationale for the decision is probably dictated on the record. Parties to a case and those in privity with them are bound by the ruling. Those not party to the case or in privity with a party are not bound, i.e., not collaterally estopped.
The question is too vague to be answered, but usually collateral estoppel applies only to persons who were parties to the original proceeding, or people in privity with a party.
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