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Adams v. Gillig

Court of Appeals of New York
92 N.E. 670 (1910)


Gillig (defendant) sought to purchase from Adams (plaintiff) a portion of one of Adams’ three adjoining lots of real property for “residential purposes.” Gillig informed Adams’ agents that he intended to build dwellings on the land. Adams relied on Gilligs’ statements when the sale was commenced. After the sale of the property, however, Gillig constructed a public parking garage, something Gillig had planned to do and concealed from Adams. Thereafter, Adams offered to find another site for Gillig’s parking garage if Gillig would reconvey the land back to Adams. Gillig refused. Adams brought suit against Gillig for misrepresentation. The trial judge found for Adams and ordered a reconveyance of the subject property. The appellate court affirmed and Gillig appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Chase, J.)

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