Nevada, the defense of the doctrine of unclean hands “derives from the
equitable maxim that ‘he who comes into equity must come with clean
hands.’ ”Omega Industries, Inc. v. Raffaele, 894 F.Supp.
1425, 1431 (D.Nev.1995) (quoting Ellenburg v. Brockway, Inc., 763 F.2d 1091,
1097 (9th Cir. 1985)).The
doctrine bars relief to a party who has engaged in improper conduct in the
matter in which that party is seeking relief. As such, the alleged inequitable
conduct relied upon must be connected with the matter in litigation, otherwise
the doctrine is not available as a defense.Gravelle v. Burchett, 73 Nev. 333, 342, 319 P.2d 140, 145
(1957).Truck Ins. Exchange v. Palmer J. Swanson, Inc., 124 Nev. 59
(Nev. 2008); Locken v. Locken,
98 Nev. 369, 650 P.2d 803 (1982).