Thompson v. Maxwell - 95 U.S. 391 (1877)
U.S. Supreme Court
Thompson v. Maxwell, 95 U.S. 391 (1877)
Thompson v. Maxwell
95 U.S. 391
1. None but parties and privies can have a bill of review, and it will not lie where the decree in question was passed by consent.
2. A decree for carrying out a settlement and compromise of a suit, if obtained without fraud, cannot be impeached.
3. Buffington v. Harvey, supra, p. 95 U. S. 99, cited and approved.
4. As the bill in this case, before it was by amendment converted into a bill of review, approximated to the character of a bill to carry the original decree more effectually into execution, which was the appropriate remedy of the complainants, the Court, while reversing the decree, does not direct that the bill be absolutely dismissed, but that the complainants be allowed to amend it, with leave to defendants to answer any new matter therein introduced, and that the proofs taken in the cause shall stand as proofs at any future hearing thereof, with liberty to either party to take additional proof upon any new matter that may be put in issue by the amended pleadings.
The facts are stated in the opinion of the Court.