Bob, an unsuspecting auto buyer of the State of California, purchases a new motor vehicle with a balance on its new car warranty ("Cab").
Rob is the previous buyer also within the State of California.
Company is the manufacturer, retail seller, and repair facility.
Company sold Cab to Rob, and Rob returned Cab to Company for a substantially impairing nonconformity, one likely to cause death or serious injury if the vehicle is driven.
Company created an estimate about Cab; however, omitted to present or provide it to Rob. Company omitted to put the actual nonconformity Rob complained to Company about Cab into the estimate. Company entered a different job item to falsify the record and create grounds for reacquiring Cab not for a nonconformity Rob ever provided notice to Company at least once or was even aware of.
In fact, Company texted Rob implying the two had an agreement of repairs about a second nonconformity only to compel Rob to burst out he never brought Cab back for the second nonconformity or knew about one, and had sought repairs for the one she brought Cab in for. Company, buys Cab back from Rob, and sells it to Bob although Rob never authorized the buyback. Without a notice to having reacquired Cab from Rob for a nonconformity.
Rob sues Company. Bob learns about the buyback and that Company omitted to comply with its duties relating to either nonconformities, and moves to sue Company for an unbranded lemon.
Rob and Company are entered final judgment, and Bob files late though within statutes of limitations.
Will Bob be dismissed per res judicata when he files? Under what scenarios he will and he will not be? Will Bob get to seek punitive damages even if Rob is already awarded some? What scenarios are possible and what are likely?