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United States v. Beggerly

United States Supreme Court
524 U.S. 38 (1998)


Facts

Beggerly (plaintiff) sued the United States (defendant) for damages twelve years after a settlement had been reached in a quiet title action the United States brought regarding land Beggerly occupied. The issue of that litigation was whether the land had been deeded to a private party prior to the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. The settlement was reached because the title of the land could not be determined. Beggerly brought the present suit when years later a genealogical record specialist determined that the land had been deeded to a private party in 1781. The United States appealed a decision of the court of appeals reversing the district court’s dismissal of the action for lack of jurisdiction.

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