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Easement Law
 
Kathleen D. McBride, as Trustee, etc. v. Byron C. Smith

Kathleen McBride (McBride) sued Byron and Kalmia Smith (the Smiths) for
violating McBride’s rights with respect to a recorded easement over the Smiths’ property.
After sustaining demurrers to several versions of McBride’s complaint, the last without
leave to amend, the trial court entered judgment in favor of the Smiths. On appeal, we
conclude that McBride stated causes of action f... More...
   $0 (01-04-2018 - CA)

Pacific Gas and Electric Company v. Hart High-Voltage Apparatus Repair and Testing Co., Inc.

Plaintiff Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) sued defendant HART HighVoltage
Apparatus Repair and Testing Co., Inc. (HART) for negligently servicing a large
transformer at a hydroelectric power plant and for damages under Public Utilities Code1
section 7952. PG&E alleged it incurred dirct and indirect costs of approximately $8.1
million.
HART filed a motion for summary adj... More...
   $0 (12-14-2017 - CA)

KAMO ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC. v. CURTIS L. NICHOLS and LORI D. NICHOLS

Kamo and K-Powernet sought a power line/telecommunications easement across approximately 3.9 acres of rural land that was used primarily for cattle. The parties were unable to agree on a negotiated price, and a condemnation proceeding ensued. The appointed commissioners found that the value of the property taken, plus damages to the remainder, totaled $20,000. Both parties objected, and the matter... More...   $0 (11-22-2017 - OK)

GLORIA J. JACKSON, et al. v. THE UNITED STATES

In September 1889, the Georgia legislature granted the Eatonton & Machen Railroad Company a charter to “construct, lay out, maintain, equip and operate a line of railroad from the town of Eatonton, in Putnam county, to the town of Machen, in Jasper county, in this State . . . .” Pls.’ Mot. Summ. J. App. C, at C-4. The railroad’s charter incorporated Section 1689(l) of the Georgia Code, stating: <... More...   $0 (11-21-2017 - )

Patrick Dwayne Murphy v. Terry Royal Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - Denver, Colorado

These matters are before the court on the respondent’s Petition for Panel
Rehearing or Rehearing En Banc. We also have responses from the petitioner and the
United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, in addition to amici curiae briefs from the
United States and The Muscogee (Creek) Nation. We also have several motions pending
seeking to file additional amici curiae briefs.
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   $0 (11-10-2017 - OK)

Saefaldin Rahmati and Abdul Saeed Assadi Rahmati v. AJBJK, L.L.P. Fort Bend County Courthouse - Richmond, Texas

Appellants, Saefaldin Rahmati and Abdul Saeed Assadi Rahmati (collectively, “the Rahmatis”), challenge the trial court’s judgment, rendered after a trial to the court, in favor of appellee, AJBJK, L.L.P., in its suit against them for a
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declaratory judgment, a permanent injunction, and damages. In three issues, the Rahmatis contend that the evidence supporting the trial court’s declarator... More...
   $0 (11-06-2017 - )

Courtney Cates v. Crystal Clear Technologies, LLC, et al. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - Cincinnati, Ohio

The three named plaintiffs brought a purported class action alleging
that the developers of their neighborhoods created agreements that violated both state and federal
law by requiring the neighborhoods’ homeowners to pay for basic telecommunications services
provided by Crystal Clear Technologies, LLC (“Crystal Clear”), an entity owned and controlled
by the developers. The distric... More...
   $0 (11-06-2017 - TN)

Dryden Oaks, LLC v. San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

In 2001, Michael Durkin used two limited liability companies—Dryden Oaks LLC
and Durkin-CAC Lot 24, LLC—to purchase two lots directly adjacent to the McClellan
Palomar Airport (Airport) in the City of Carlsbad, California (City). His development
plans for the two lots were initially successful despite determinations by the San Diego
County Regional Airport Authority (Authority) tha... More...
   $0 (10-23-2017 - CA)

City of Bedford v. Leah Smith Tarrant County Courthouse - Fort Worth, Texas

Appellee Leah Smith lived at The Arbors of Central Park, an apartment
complex in Bedford, Texas. In July 2015, as she was walking across the grass to
reach a sidewalk in front of her apartment, she stepped onto a manhole lid
covering a water-meter box within an easement owned by Appellant City of
Bedford. The lid flipped open, and Smith fell into the manhole and was injured.
1S... More...
   $0 (10-12-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Don Moss; Curtis Dantin; Grand Isle Shipyards, Inc.; Christopher Srubar Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals - New Orleans, Louisiana

A fatal welding accident occurred on an offshore oil platform in the Gulf
of Mexico in November 2012. Three years after that incident, the government
indicted the owner and operator of the platform and several oil platform
contractors, charging criminal violations of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands
Act (OCSLA), 43 U.S.C. §§ 1331, et seq., and the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C.
§§... More...
   $0 (10-05-2017 - LA)

Angelica Lynn v. Steve George

INTRODUCTION
Defendants Steve George and Real Estate Portfolio Management, LLC
(REPM) appeal from the trial court’s order granting the motion of plaintiffs Angelica
Lynn and Angel Lynn Realty, Inc. (ALR) to disqualify counsel.1
George and REPM
were represented in the trial court by attorney Kevin A. Spainhour and his law firm,
Spainhour Law Group (SLG), who were the subject... More...
   $0 (09-22-2017 - CA)

Robert Jude Wilber v. Robert Curtis; Brian Kinsella; Michael Rogers Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

This appeal concerns a challenge
to a summary judgment ruling that dismissed a lawsuit that a
Massachusetts property owner brought against three police
officers. The suit addressed the owner's arrest for actions that
he took in connection with his objection to the clearing of
vegetation on his property by the work crew for an electrical
utility, which held an easement to th... More...
   $0 (09-21-2017 - MA)

Sharp Image Gaming, Inc. v. Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians

In this case, we reverse a judgment related to contractual claims that are
preempted by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA).
Defendant Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians (the Tribe) appeals from a
judgment after trial in favor of plaintiff Sharp Image Gaming, Inc. (Sharp Image), in
plaintiff’s breach of contract action stemming from a deal to develop a casino on the
Trib... More...
   $0 (09-16-2017 - CA)

Orange County Water District v. Sabic Innovative Plastics US, LLC

The Orange County Water District (District) was created by the California
Legislature to protect and manage groundwater supplies within its territory, which covers
most of Orange County, California. The District and other regulatory agencies have long
been aware of localized groundwater contamination caused by hazardous substance
releases at various sites in the so-called "South Ba... More...
   $0 (08-26-2017 - CA)

Mercury Casualty Company v. City of Pasadena

In 2011, a storm brought hurricane-force winds to the City
of Pasadena (City), uprooting more than 2,000 trees. One of
those trees fell on the home of Sarah and Christopher Dusseault,
causing severe property damage. Before it fell, the tree stood in a
parkway that abuts the Dusseaults’ property. Although the City
owned the tree, there is no record of who planted it.
In 2012... More...
   $0 (08-25-2017 - CA)

Howard Construction Company, Inc. v. Texas Association of Women's Clubs

Appellant Howard Construction Company, Inc. sued appellee Texas Association
of Women’s Clubs for reformation of a deed, declaratory relief, establishment of an
easement by necessity, and an accounting. It also alleged claims of slander of title and
tortious interference with prospective business relations. TAWC filed a counterclaim
alleging breach of contract and requestin... More...
   $0 (08-15-2017 - TX)

Patrick Dwayne Murphy v. Terry Royal, Warden, Oklahoma State Penitentirary United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit Denver, Colorado

Patrick Dwayne Murphy asserts he was tried in the wrong court. He
challenges the jurisdiction of the Oklahoma state court in which he was convicted of
murder and sentenced to death. He contends he should have been tried in federal
court because he is an Indian and the offense occurred in Indian country. We agree
and remand to the district court to issue a writ of habeas corpus vaca... More...
   $0 (08-14-2017 - OK)

Surfinder Foundation v. Martins Beach 1, LLC

Nestled in a cove, sheltered on the north and south by high cliffs, Martins Beach
lacks lateral land access.
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The only practical route to Martins Beach is down a road,
known as Martins Beach Road, that leads from Highway 1 in San Mateo County to the
beach.
Appellants are two LLCs, Martins Beach 1, LLC and Martins Beach 2, LLC, that
purchased Martins Beach and adjacent ... More...
   $0 (08-14-2017 - CA)

BC Ranch II, L.P. a/k/a Bosque Canyon Ranch II, L.P.; BC Ranch I, Inc., Tax Matter Partners v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals - New Orleans, Louisiana

Petitioners-Appellants, BC Ranch I, L.P. (“BCR I”), and B.C. Ranch II, L.P. (“BCR II”), (collectively the “BCR Partnerships” or “Appellants”), claim that Respondent-Appellee, the Commissioner of Internal Revenue (the “Commissioner”), wrongfully disallowed their charitable deductions for two conservation easements. Appellants contend that in ruling for the Commission, the Tax Court wrongfully class... More...   $0 (08-11-2017 - TX)

Levco Construction, Inc. v. Cleveland Construction, Inc., Whole Foods Market Rocky Mountain/Southwest, L.P.

Levco Construction, Inc. (“Levco”) sued Cleveland Construction, Inc. (“CCI”) and Whole Foods Market Rocky Mountain/Southwest L.P. (“Whole Foods”) for claims arising out of its role as a subcontractor on a construction project to build a Whole Foods store in Houston, Texas (“the Project”). CCI and Whole Foods also asserted claims against each other and Levco. Following a bench trial, the trial cour... More...   $0 (08-10-2017 - TX)

Orange County Water District v. Sabic Innovative Plastics US, LLC

The Orange County Water District (District) was created by the California
Legislature to protect and manage groundwater supplies within its territory, which covers
most of Orange County, California. The District and other regulatory agencies have long
been aware of localized groundwater contamination caused by hazardous substance
releases at various sites in the so-called "South Ba... More...
   $0 (08-07-2017 - CA)

The Estuary Owners Association v. Shell Oil Company

In three cases consolidated in the trial court, the Estuary Owners Association
(EOA) and individual owners of condominiums built on the site of a former bulk fuel
distribution terminal sued successive owners and developers of the property, as well as
contractors involved in constructing the condominiums, over alleged contamination of
the soil and groundwater at the site and imprope... More...
   $0 (07-27-2017 - CA)

Barbara Lynch v. California Coastal Commission

After winter storms damaged the seawall protecting their blufftop
properties, homeowners sought a permit from the California Coastal Commission
(Commission) to build a new seawall and repair their beach access stairway. The
Commission granted the permit subject to several mitigation conditions. The
owners filed an administrative mandate petition objecting to two conditions but
... More...
   $0 (07-12-2017 - CA)

Donald and Katrina Simmons v. City of Othello

Donald and Katrina Simmons appeal the summary judgment
dismissal of their lawsuit against the city of Othello, arising from the failure of a line
connecting their home to the city's main sewer line. Based on evidence that the failure
occurred in the portion of the line lying under a public alley traveled by heavy city
garbage trucks, the Simmonses contend they are entitled to a tri... More...
   $0 (06-27-2017 - WA)

Jaime A. Scher v. John F. Burke

In Gion v. City of Santa Cruz (1970) 2 Cal.3d 29, this court held that
private owners of certain coastal property who allowed the public to use the
property for recreational purposes over a period of years thereby impliedly
dedicated property rights to the public. In response to that decision, the
Legislature enacted Civil Code section 1009, which limits the circumstances in
wh... More...
   $0 (06-26-2017 - CA)

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