Lindsey v. Clark

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Lindsey v. Clark
Court Virginia Supreme Court
Date decided March 10, 1952


Floyd Clark owned 4 adjoining lots with his wife Helen. In 1937, the Clark couple conveyed 2 of the adjoining lots to their daughter & her husband.

The Clark progeny couple sold their lots with a Clark easement to Lindsey in 1944. The 1944 deed didn't specify any easement!

Procedural History

Lindsey sued to enjoin the progenitor Clark couple from using a driveway easement in the Lindsey property acquired from the progeny Clark couple in 1944.

Lindsey loses as the trial court determined that the progeny Clark couples hadn't abandoned the driveway easement on the Lindsey lots.


Does a party abandon a deeded easement through dis-use?


Abandonment of a deeded easement requires non-use + acquiescence to the servient property owner's adverse use for a sufficient time period.


"Use it or lose it" is the maxim related to an abandonment of an easement; on the other hand, verbally informing the property owner of the plan to not use an easement any longer is release.