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McKinnon v. Benedict
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Defendants sought to buy a resort known as Bent’s Camp. The resort consisted of a lodge and some cabins situated on about 80 acres that were enclosed by a lake and Plaintiff’s property. Plaintiff promised help in getting business for the resort and in some other minor respects. Plaintiff also made a loan of $5,000 to Defendants. Defendants used this borrowed money to make a down payment on the purchase of the camp. In return, Defendants promised Plaintiff that they would cut no trees between the camp and his property and make no improvements closer to his property than the present buildings. These restrictions were to last 25 years. When the resort business did not become prosperous, Defendants opted to add a trailer park and tent camp. Plaintiff sued to enjoin construction, citing the restrictive covenants.
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