Civil Procedure Keyed to Yeazell
United States v. Beggerly
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In assembling the lands for a National Seashore, the Petitioners in 1979 brought an action to quiet title in federal district court against the Respondents. The case turned on whether, before the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the land had been deeded to a private individual. If so, it would belong to Respondents and Petitioner would have to purchase it. If not the Petitioners would already own it. That case settled for a small sum, and judgment was entered based on the settlement. Twelve years later, after finding new information showing that the land was in fact deeded to a private party in 1781, Respondents sued in district court to set aside the settlement agreement and obtain a damage award for the dispute land from Petitioner. The district court concluded it was without jurisdiction to hear the suit and dismissed the complaint. The court of appeals reversed. The Supreme Court of the United States (Supreme Court) granted certiorari.
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