Nome 2000 v. Fagerstrom
Alaska Supreme Court
799 P.2d 304 (Alaska 1990)
This case involves a dispute over land in Alaska that the court identified for purposes of the litigation as two parcels, the north end and the south end. Nome 2000 (plaintiff) is the record title holder of the entire parcel. The Fagerstroms (defendants) used the northern parcel of land seasonally—it was not suited for winter residency—for a period of several years. They used the northern parcel for various activities, including housing their camper trailer, planting trees, and building a picnic area, an outhouse, a fish rack, and a reindeer shelter. They also built a cabin on the northern parcel nine years prior to this lawsuit. The Fagerstroms only used the southern parcel during the relevant time period for recreation on preexisting trails and picking up trash. The Fagerstroms allowed others to use the entire property for activities such as picking berries and fishing, but many people in the community testified that they thought the Fagerstroms owned the property. Nome 2000 admitted that the Fagerstroms adversely possessed the northern parcel for the nine years from the time they built the cabin until the filing of this complaint, but filed suit to eject the Fagerstroms from the property. The Fagerstroms filed a counterclaim, stating that they acquired title to the property through adverse possession, which has a statutory period of ten years in Alaska. Nome 2000 filed a motion for directed verdict. The lower court denied the directed verdict for both the northern and southern parcels. Nome 2000 appeals.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Matthews, C.J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 724,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee
Here's why 724,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 45,500 briefs, keyed to 983 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.