BERTRAM v. ORLANDO

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District Court of Appeal, First District, Division 2, California.

George A. BERTRAM, plaintiff and respondent, v. Saverio ORLANDO and Enis Orlando, defendants and appellants.

Civ. 14341.

Decided: July 25, 1950

Fahey, Bocci & Gallen, Daly City, for appellants. L. L. James, Carl E. Day, San Francisco, for respondent.

The submission of the above entitled cause is hereby set aside and the parties are requested to brief the following question:

Can a landowner acquire an easement by prescription to have his buildings encroach upon the surface of the adjoining land?

See on the one hand: Jones on Easements, sec. 161, p. 139; Thompson on Real Property, sec. 417, pp. 682–683; Washburn, Easements and Servitudes, 4th Ed., ch. 1, sec. 4, p. 147 and cases cited; and on the other: Tiffany on Real Property, 3d Ed., sec. 775, p. 238 and cases cited; John Hancock Mut. Life Ins. Co. v. Patterson, 103 Ind. 582, 2 N.E. 188, 53 Am.Rep. 550; Krueger v. Beecham, 116 Ind.App. 89, 61 N.E.2d 65, 70; Sprenzel v. Windmueller, 286 Ill. 411, 121 N.E., 805; Slachter v. Olderman, 116 Conn. 156, 164 A. 202; Carrigg v. Mechanics' Savings Bank, 136 Iowa 261, 111 N.W. 329. Cf. the following California cases: Chapman v. Sky L'Onda, etc., Water Co., 69 Cal.App.2d 667, 159 P.2d 988; Knight v. Cohen, 7 Cal.App. 43, 93 P. 396; Collins v. Gray, 3 Cal.App. 723, 86 P. 983; Emerson v. Bergin, 76 Cal. 197, 18 P. 264; Bernstein v. Dodik, 129 Cal.App. 454, 18 P.2d 983; Belestra v. Button, 54 Cal.App.2d 192, 128 P.2d 816; Pacific Gas & Electric Co. v. Crockett L. & C. Co., 70 Cal.App. 283, 233 P. 370; Ward v. City of Monrovia, 16 Cal.2d 815, 108 P.2d 425; Hannah v. Pogue, 23 Cal.2d 849, 147 P.2d 572; Shonafelt v. Busath, 66 Cal.App.2d 5, 151 P.2d 873.

The parties to file typewritten briefs. Appellants allowed 20 days; respondent 20 days to reply; and appellants 10 days to file closing brief.

PER CURIAM.