MILLARD BURRIS ET AL. v. DEXTER WATSON ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Aug 28, 2012

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

J. Lewis Kinnard, Madisonville, Tennessee, for the appellants, Dexter Watson, Dewey Watson, Jr., Ruth Marie Millsaps and Earl McKinley Watson.

Attorneys 2:

Dwaine B. Thomas, Madisonville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Thomas Pannell.

Judge(s): SUSANO

This case began when the original plaintiffs filed a complaint to quiet title seeking a declaration of the boundary line separating their land from the defendants’ neighboring property. The disputed line is the northern boundary of the plaintiffs and the southern boundary of the defendants. The defendants asserted in their answer that they had adversely possessed the disputed property. Shortly after this action was filed, the plaintiffs’ property was sold to a third party in a court-ordered sale. The purchaser was substituted as the sole plaintiff in place and instead of the original plaintiffs. The defendants moved that the case be dismissed on the ground that the sale to the new owner was champertous. The court denied the motion and conducted a trial on the merits after which it entered judgment in favor of the remaining plaintiff. The defendants appeal. We affirm.

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