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Beattie v. State of Oklahoma ex rel. Grand River Dam Authority

Supreme Court of Oklahoma
41 P.3d 377 (2002)


Facts

Edward Beattie and Walter Bailey, Jr. (plaintiffs) bought property from the United States that was transferred to the plaintiffs by a quitclaim deed. The United States had previously granted five utility easements on the property to the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) (defendant). Each of the easements gave the United States the right to require, upon the request of an officer with immediate jurisdiction over the property, the relocation or removal of GRDA’s facilities on the property if either the land was needed by the United States or the facilities were detrimental to governmental activities. The quitclaim deed conveyed to the plaintiffs all of the United States’ rights, title, and interest in the property. After acquiring the property, the plaintiffs requested that GRDA relocate or remove its facilities on the property. GRDA refused to do so. The plaintiffs sued GRDA, seeking to enforce the relocation and removal rights under the easements. Both parties moved for summary judgment. The trial court granted GRDA’s motion and denied the plaintiffs’ motion. The court of appeals affirmed, and the Supreme Court of Oklahoma granted certiorari.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)

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