July 2017

Out of court admission of permission from prior owners can defeat claim for adverse possession

The Wyoming Supreme Court has held that out of court statements made by an alleged adverse possessor that he was using the property with permission of the prior owners can be admitted to rebut the presumption that the use was nonpermissive. Galiher v. Johnson, , 2017 WY 31, 391 P.3d 1011 (Wyo. 2017) Read more about Out of court admission of permission from prior owners can defeat claim for adverse possession

Tribal rights in islands deemed not to include riparian and fishing rights in surrounding waters

in Penobscot Nation v. Mills, 2017  U.S. App. LEXIS 11704 (1st Cir. 2017), the First Circuit held (over a vigorous dissent by Judge Torruella), that the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act, 25 U.S.C. §1722(i) and the Maine Implementing Act, Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 30, § 6203(8), confirmed ownership of islands to the Penobscot Nation but no rights in the surrounding...

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Prescriptive easement denied because longstanding use of neighboring land was presumed to be permissive

When one occupies property belonging to a neighbor, most courts presume the occupation is adverse (meaning non-permissive), and this "possession" will ripen into ownership through adverse possession law after the statutory period runs out. Most states use the same presumption for prescriptive easements but a minority presume use is permissive rather than nonpermissive when limited use -- rather than full occupation or "possession" -- is at issue. In such cases, permissive use will be revocable and not ripen into a prescriptive easement. The Massachusetts Land Court applied the...

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