Supreme Court of Mississippi
608 So. 2d 1141 (Miss. 1992)
Edna Seymour (defendant) owned land in Jackson County, Mississippi that she decided to sell. In 1983, she conveyed a three-acre parcel to John and Katherine McDonnell, who paid her part of the price and executed a promissory note and deed of trust in her favor. Later that year, the McDonnells conveyed the same parcel by warranty deed to Jerry W. and Bonnie Ann Coleman (plaintiffs), who assumed the McDonnells’ debt to Seymour. In 1984, Seymour conveyed two additional parcels of property, of about 2.75 acres each, to Larry and Gina Evans and Dudley and Lori Cruse (all also plaintiffs). The owners of all three lots intended to use them for residential purposes. But when the Cruses applied for a permit to put a mobile home on their land, they were told that it would need to be brought into compliance with certain subdivision ordinances before a permit would be issued. Similarly, when the Evanses and the Colemans asked if they could obtain permits, they were told they would need to bring their lots into compliance with the ordinances. Neither couple actually applied for a permit. At the times of the property sales, Seymour was not aware of the subdivision ordinances. The violations arose when Seymour subdivided the property. The Cruses, the Evanses, and the Colemans filed suit against Seymour and several other parties. Many of the claims were dismissed, but the trial court entered judgment against Seymour, and set aside the warranty deeds of the properties. The trial court also required Seymour to reimburse the Cruses and the Evanses for all the payments they made on the properties, plus their costs of litigation. Seymour appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (McRae, 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 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read 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. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 220,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,100 briefs, keyed to 189 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.