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Rockholt v. Keaty

237 So.2d 663 (1970)

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Rockholt v. Keaty

Louisiana Supreme Court

237 So.2d 663 (1970)

Facts

Rockholt (plaintiff) owned a 35-acre tract of land. The state of Louisiana expropriated a 300-foot strip of land through Rockholt’s parcel to build a highway. The construction of the highway split Rockholt’s land into two parcels. After this division, one of Rockholt’s parcels was left with no access to a public road. Although this parcel abutted the new highway, access to the highway was restricted to particular locations, none of which were located along Rockholt’s land. Keaty (defendant) owned a parcel of land that lay between Rockholt’s two parcels. Rockholt sued Keaty, seeking a right of passage over Keaty’s land from the landlocked parcel to the second parcel, from which Rockholt could then access a public road. The trial court held that Rockholt was not entitled to a right of passage after finding that the landlocked parcel in question was not enclosed because it abutted the new highway. The court granted summary judgment to Keaty. The court of appeals affirmed the lower court’s ruling, and Rockholt appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Barham, J.)

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