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Ellis v. Prevost
Louisiana Supreme Court
19 La. 251 (1841)
Ellis (plaintiff) purchased a tract of land from Hutchings. When Hutchings owned the land, he took physical possession of part of the property and lived there, erected buildings, and cultivated it. After Ellis purchased the land from Hutchings, Ellis never lived on the land or took physical possession of it, and Ellis abandoned the improvements Hutchings made. Mrs. Prevost and her family (defendants) had lived on and enclosed a small, different portion of the tract of land for a long time and claimed to have used and cultivated other parts of it as well. Ellis brought a possessory action against Mrs. Prevost to evict her from the land.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Simon, J.)
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