Pullin v. Davis

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COURT OF CHANCERY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE Sam Glasscock III VICE CHANCELLOR CHANCERY COURTHOUSE 34 The Circle GEORGETOWN, DELAWARE 19947 AND Leonard L. Williams Justice Center 500 NORTH KING STREET, SUITE 11400 WILMINGTON, DELAWARE 19980-3734 February 22, 2018 Richard Berl, Jr., Esquire Hudson, Jones, Jaywork & Fisher, LLC 34382 Carpenter’s Way, Suite 3 Lewes, DE 19958 Mr. and Mrs. Michael Davis 1297 N. Bend Road Jarrettsville, MD 21084 RE: Pullin v. Davis, Civil Action No. 11829-VCG Dear Litigants: This Letter Order will memorialize my Bench ruling of January 24, 2018. For the reasons given from the Bench on the record of that date, the following is my Order: 1. An implied easement exists burdening the Davis property in favor of the Pullin property. The easement is for the use and maintenance of a septic line, tank and field for the benefit of a single-family house on the Pullin property, located on the Davis property. The easement includes reasonable access to maintain and repair the line, tank and field. The easement runs with the land. 2. Mr. Davis is liable for wrongfully blocking the septic line and interfering with the easement during the time when the record indicates the septic system was operating properly, in the amount of FOUR THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED THIRTY DOLLARS ($4,230.00). 3. I find by a preponderance of the evidence that the septic system currently is not functioning properly and, as a result, use of the septic system would exceed the scope of the easement. Therefore, Mr. Davis is not liable for the current blocking of the easement. 4. Because use of the septic system in its current condition would exceed the scope of the easement, the Plaintiff’s request for an injunction barring Mr. Davis from interfering with the use of the system and directing him to unblock the system is DENIED. 5. Because the Plaintiff established the easement by implication by evidence which I found clear and convincing, the request for a declaratory judgment as to the easement is GRANTED. 6. This Order is final. 7. Nothing in this Order prevents the Pullins or their successors in title from demonstrating that the septic system has been restored to operating condition, and seeking injunctive relief against Mr. Davis or his successors in title to restore use, via a subsequent action. Sincerely, /s/ Sam Glasscock III Vice Chancellor cc: Register in Chancery