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EntitlementThe Paradoxes of Property$
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Joseph William Singer

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780300080193

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300080193.001.0001

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Property and Social Relations

Property and Social Relations

(p.95) Chapter 3 Property and Social Relations

Joseph William Singer

Yale University Press

This chapter reviews the case of Rase v. Castle Mountain Ranch. This case reached the Supreme Court in 1981. In this case the land and ranch owner, Robert Tavenner, invited various friends, neighbors, and employees of the ranch to start building homes within his property. He did not sell them the land, nor was there any written agreement to signify that they had any form of ownership of the land that they built their homes on. Years later, he, instead, gave them licenses that could be revoked by Tavenner when he wished, and that insinuated that these home owners retained no particular rights over the land. As such, when one of the ranch owners died, the ranch was put up for sale and purchased by Louis Ward in 1972. Ward then terminated the licenses of the cabin owners, which resulted in the cabin owners filing a lawsuit against the new owner. The chapter examines the implications of this case on property rights.

Keywords:   Rase v. Castle Mountain Ranch, Robert Tavenner, Louis Ward, property rights, social relations

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