Quimbee logo
DMCA.com Protection Status
From our private database of 18,800+ case briefs...

Staley v. Stephens

Indiana Court of Appeals
404 N.E.2d 633 (1980)


Paul R. and Suzanne B. Staley (plaintiffs) sued Paul L. and Carolyn A. Stephens (defendants) in connection with their contract for the sale and purchase of property in a residential subdivision. A pre-closing survey disclosed that the Staley's house infringed on subdivision setback requirements by one and one-sixth feet, and infringed on the local zoning setback line by about two inches. Several years remained before the statute of limitations on challenging the infringements would expire. The Stephenses asked the Staleys to get their neighbors to waive their rights to litigate over the infringements, but the Staleys refused to do so. In response, the Stephenses pulled out of the contract, on the grounds that the Staleys could not fulfill their contractual obligation to convey marketable title to the property. The Staleys sued. The trial court entered summary judgment for the Stephenses, and the Staleys appealed to the Indiana Court of Appeals.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Robertson, J.)

What to do next…

  1. 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 499,000 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.

  2. 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 499,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 18,800 briefs, keyed to 985 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.

Questions & Answers

Have a question about this case?

Sign up for a free 7-day trial and ask it

Sign up for a FREE 7-day trial