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Othen v. Rosier

Texas Supreme Court
226 S.W.2d 622 (1950)


Facts

Hill owned a large tract of land. On August 26, 1896, he conveyed 100 acres of that land, which eventually reached Rosier (defendants) in 1924. In 1897, Hill conveyed another 60-acre tract, which conveyance eventually reached Othen (plaintiff) in 1904. In 1913, Othen acquired another 53 acres of Hill’s land, and in 1924 Rosier acquired another 16.31 acres of the land. Othen’s land did not connect to a public road, so in order to access Belt Line Road, at the western border of Rosier’s property, Othen would follow a fenced-in path which ran through Rosier’s property. Eventually, Rosier was concerned that certain water patterns threatened to cause damage to his property, so he constructed a levee to channel the flow. The levee blocked half of the road used by Othen, and rendered the path muddy and unusable. Othen sued Rosier, alleging that Rosier had blocked his right of ingress and egress to and from his farm. Othen asked the court to order Rosier to remove the levee and enjoin Rosier from further depriving Othen of use of the path. The trial court found that Othen had an easement of necessity across Rosier’s land, and entered the requested injunction. The Court of Civil Appeals reversed the trial court, and Othen appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Brewster, J.)

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