acquisitive prescription

Chauvin v. Shell Oil Company et al is the pot full of legal unpleasantness that can be stirred up by landmen trying to buy easements, leases, and the like.

A number of plaintiffs – descendants of grantors of two parcels of land in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana – were contacted by pipeline companies seeking servitudes. Apparently believing that betting on litigation offered a better return than the trifecta at the Fairgrounds, the descendants sued Shell and several pipeline companies holding servitudes from Shell for trespass. In the end, the court denied the plaintiff’s claims; they couldn’t carry their burden to prove their ownership of the property.
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Co-author Brooke Sizer

These people cannot testify

Let’s talk title disputes, especially ones between those with record title and those claiming title by possession:

  • They are complicated (There were 229 defendants in today’s case)
  • They happen when there is a lot of money to fight over ($2.7 MM in today’s case)