Cuevas v. BarrazaAnnotate this Case
This appeal arose from a decade-long fight over title to a piece of real property. Juan Cuevas allegedly agreed to sell the property to Defendant-Counterclaimant-Appellant Bernardino Barraza in 2001. However, after Barraza failed to pay the purchase price, Juan filed a quiet title action against Barraza. Barraza defaulted. While Barraza was seeking to set aside the default, Juan quitclaimed the property to his relative, Plaintiff-Counterdefendant-Respondent Wilfrido Cuevas. Meanwhile, Barraza was successful in setting aside the default on appeal. On remand, Juan defaulted and the district court quieted title in Barraza. Wilfrido then filed the present quiet title action against Barraza, in which the district court found the default judgment against Juan void and quieted title in Wilfrido. Upon review, the Supreme Court held that the default judgment against Juan is void, but vacated the summary judgment quieting title in Wilfrido as against Barraza.