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Oregon Court of Appeals


Stiles v. Godsey

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Date Filed: 08-14-2013
Case #: A150614
Egan, J. for the Court; Armstrong, P,J.; and Nakamoto, J.
Full Text Opinion: http://www.publications.ojd.state.or.us/docs/A150614.pdf

Property Law: A ruling or decision that has been made in a particular case is binding on a second appeal. It can only be reviewed as a matter of law if the judgment conflicts or was contrary to the ruling or decision.

Stiles appealed the amended judgment from the trial court. Stiles brought an action for adverse possession over an easement and the trial court granted Stiles adverse possession over the property. The case was remanded and a dispute arose over the boundaries of the deeded easement. The trial court issued an amended judgment and held that the quieted title only applied to part of the deeded easement and excluded two specific pieces. Stiles appealed the amended judgment and claimed the court erred in not quieting the title to the entire easement and allowing a provision for a carport to be rebuilt. The Court of Appeals held that the court erred in their review of the prior judgment. The quieted title applied to the whole deeded easement.  The provision that concerned the carport was valid because it had not been brought up in the previous case. Reversed and Remanded. Otherwise Affirmed.