Trunnell v. FergelAnnotate this Case
Plaintiffs Paul Trunell and Bill Lomu appealed a district court's ruling against them in their request for injunctive relief. Plaintiffs' complaint alleged the existence of a public road across Defendant Verna Fergel's property, and that she denied access to the road causing damage to Plaintiffs. The district court held that Defendant was a bona fide purchaser for value, and that she did not have actual or constructive notice of the public nature of the road when she purchased the property. Upon review of the trial court record, the Supreme Court found that the "bona fide purchaser for value" defense was not available to Defendant as it would have constituted an abandonment of the road in contravention to Idaho law. The Court therefore reversed the district court's holding and remanded the case for further proceedings.