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Kingsley v. Gouldsborough Land Improvement Co.
Maine Supreme Judicial Court
29 A. 1074 (1894)
William Bingham severed his property on the Maine coast. The plaintiff took ownership of one parcel, and the defendant took ownership of the other. The defendant’s parcel was surrounded on three sides by navigable water. The fourth side bordered the plaintiff’s parcel. The defendant had no means of ingress and egress by land other than over the plaintiff’s land. The plaintiff brought suit, alleging that the defendant’s use of the plaintiff’s property constituted a trespass. The defendant claimed an easement by necessity over the plaintiff’s land.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Foster, J.)
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