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Property
Brooklyn Law School
Spring Term, 2014
Minor Myers

The best way to reach me is by email at minor.myers@brooklaw.edu. My office is Room
701, and the phone number there is (718) 780-7961. You can drop by during my office hours,
which are from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Or you can make your own
appointment with me if you like, and email is the best way to set that up.
The assignments in this course come from two sources:
THOMAS W. MERRILL & HENRY E. SMITH, PROPERTY: PRINCIPLES AND
POLICIES (2d ed. 2012).
Supplemental reading materials.
Page numbers below refer to the Merrill & Smith book unless noted with SUP, in which case
they refer to the supplement.
For those who would like a supplemental book for the course, I recommend JOHN G.
SPRANKLING, UNDERSTANDING PROPERTY LAW (3d ed. 2012). Feel free to use any outside source
that aids your understanding of what we cover. I have put a good deal of thought into the
assignments and suggest that you read them in the order set out here.

Class 1: Hunters and Other Possessors
Assignments:
Pierson v. Post, 82-90 (notes 1-7)
Buster v. Newkirk, SUP 1.
Ghen v. Rich, 90-93 (notes 1-3)
Keeble v. Hickeringill, 93-96 (note 1)
Other applications of first possession, 105-113 (notes 1-4)
Locke, Nozick, and Rose, SUP 1-4.
Open Access & The Anticommons, 97-105 (notes 1-5)

Class 2: Rights in Human Bodies, Human Personas, and Group Cultural Artifacts
Assignments:
Moore v. Regents of the Univ. of Cal., 242-255 (notes 1-7)
Body Parts After Moore, 255-257 (notes 1-2)
Midler v. Ford Motor Co., 143-149 (notes 1-4)
Phillips v. Pembroke Real Estate, 257-267 (notes 1-3)
United States v. Corrow, 267-275 (notes 1-3)
Radin, Market-Inalienability., 287-291 (notes 1-3)
Roth and Thaler on Repugnance, SUP 4-12

Class 3: Scarcity & Property in Natural Resources: Water & Oil & Gas
Assignments:
Evans v. Merriweather, 324-330 (notes 2, 3, & 5)
Coffin v. The Left Hand Ditch Company, 330-337 (notes 1, 2, & 5-7)
Diffuse Surface Water, 337-338
Higday v. Nickolaus, 338-346 (notes 1-3)
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Hammons v. Central Kentucky Natural Gas Co., SUP 12-15.
Demsetz, Toward a Theory of Property Rights, 275-281 (notes 1, 2, & 5)

Class 4: Public Rights
Assignments:
The Navigation Servitude, 291-296
Illinois Central Railroad Co. v. Illinois, 296-304 (notes 3 & 5)
Transformation of the Public Trust Doctrine, 304-07
State of Oregon ex rel. Thornton v. Hay, 307-317 (notes 2-7)
Rose, Comedy of the Commons, 317-324 (notes 1-5)

Class 5: Property in Intangible Resources
Assignments:
Tribune Co. v. Oak Leaves Broadcasting Station, Inc., 346-355 (notes 1-5)
Grimmelman, The Internet as a Semicommons, 355-360 (notes 1-2)
Trenton Industries v. A.E. Peterson, Manufacturing, 149-161 (notes 1-6)
International News Service v. Associated Press, 130-143 (notes 1-6)

Class 6: Ownership and the Right to Exclude Trespassers
Assignments:
J acque v. Steenberg Homes, 1-10 (notes 1-6)
Hinman v. Pacific Air Transport, 10-16 (notes 1-5)
Excerpts from Penner & Gray, 16-23 (notes 1-2)
Coase, The Problem of Social Cost, 31-38 (notes 1-5)
Resolving Property Disputes by Contract, 38-41

Class 7: Ownership and the Right to Exclude More Trespassers & Encroachments
Intel Corporation v. Hamidi, 372-387 (notes 3, 5, & 7)
Prefatory paragraph on licenses, 449-50
Baker v. Howard County Hunt, 41-52 (notes 1-4)
Pile v. Pedrick (both) & Golden Press v. Rylands, 52-56 (notes 1-7)
Calabresi & Melamed, 960-66 (notes 1-6)

Class 8: Ownership and the Right to Exclude Encroachments (end) & Necessity, Custom, and
Public Accommodation
Assignments:
Producers Lumber & Supply Co. v. Olney Building Co., 65-74 (notes 1-6)
Ploof v. Putnam, 399-403 (notes 1-5)
McConico v. Singleton, 403-06 (notes 1-4)
Public Accommodation Laws, 406-09
State v. Shack, 409-15 (notes 1, 3, 4, & 6)
Uston v. Resorts International Hotel, Inc., 415-23 (notes 1-4)

Class 9: Bailments, Abandonment, and Destruction
Assignments:
Allen v. Hyatt RegencyNashville Hotel, 464-72 (notes 1-3)
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Bailee Duty of Care & Cowen v. Pressprich, 472-80 (notes 1-4)
The Winkfield, 480-85 (notes 1-3)
Pocono Springs Civic Assn v. MacKenzie, 485-90 (notes 1-7)
Eyerman v. Mercantile Trust Co., 490-99 (notes 1-4)

Class 10: Ambiguities About the Boundaries of an Owned Asset
Assignments:
Introductory material and section on increase, 161-62 (notes 1-2)
Weatherbee v. Green and subsequent note, 162-171 (notes 1-6)
Edwards v. Sims, 171-179 (all notes)
Nebraska v. Iowa, 179-183 (notes 1-3)
Strain v. Green, 184-190 (notes 1-2)

Class 11: Finders & Competing Claims on Property
Assignments:
Section on sequential possession issues, 220-226 (all notes)
Fisher v. Steward, 226-229 (notes 1-4)
Goddard v. Winchell, 229-233 (notes 1-3)
Hannah v. Peel, 234-241 (notes 1-5)

Class 12: Adverse Possession
Assignments:
Marengo Cave Co. v. Ross, 190-200 (notes 1-6)
Purposes of adverse possession & adverse possession against government, 200-02
Carpenter v. Ruperto, 203-208 (notes 1-3)
Howard v. Kunto, 208-214 (notes 1-6)
Disabilities, 214
Songbyrd, Inc. v. Estate of Grossman, 215-220 (notes 1-5)

Class 13: Ownership Divided into Time Periods
Assignments:
Introduction, estates in land, future interests, etc., 500-17
Conservation of estates & Williams v. Estate of Williams, 517-23 (notes 1-5)
Disclaimer, 531
Estate planning, 532-35
Merrill & Smith on Numerus Clausus & J ohnson v. Whiton, 535-45 (notes 1-2)

Class 14: Ownership Divided into Time Periods (cont)
Assignments:
Personal property, 549-51
Waste: Brokaw v. Fairchild, 551-61 (notes 1-7)
Rule against perpetuities, 572-79
Symphony Space v. Pergola Properties, 579-92 (notes 1-6)
Vestigial maintenance doctrines, 592-94

Class 15: Concurrent and Marital Ownership
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Assignments:
Introductory material, 594-98
Delfino v. Vealencis, 598-605 (notes 1-4)
Gillmor v. Gillmor, 606-10 (notes 1, 3, & 4)
Harms v. Sprague, 610-17 (notes 1-7)
OBrien v. OBrien, 625-35 (notes 1-5)

Class 16: Recording & Introduction to Landlord & Tenant
Assignments:
Introductory material on nemo dat, 885-86
Good faith purchaser, 891-92
Introductory material on the recording acts, 918-27
Types of leaseholds & problems, 646-53
Garner v. Gerrish, 545-49 (notes 1-4)
Preview of provisions in a residential lease, 729-33 (notes 1-3)
Race and trespass & the Fair Housing Act 433-39 (notes 1-6)

Class 17: Tenants Remedies
Assignments:
Paradine v. J ane, 653-56 (notes 1-6)
Smith v. McEnamy, 656-59 (notes 1-3)
Sutton v. Temple, 659-65 (notes 1-6)
Blackett v. Olanoff, 665-671 (notes 1-6)
Gotlieb v. Taco Bell, 671-77 (notes 1-4)
Sommer v. Kridel, 702-09 (notes 1-4)

Class 18: Tenants Remedies (cont)
Assignments:
Medico-Dental Building Co. v. Horton and Converse, 677-85 (notes 1-4)
J avins v. First National Realty Corp., 685-98 (notes 1-8)
Consequences of the implied warranty of habitability, 698-702
Assignment and sublease, 713-17
Kendall v. Ernest Pestana, 722-29 (notes 1-3)
Rent control, 733-736

Class 19: Cooperatives, Condos, and Common-Interest Communities
Assignments:
Introduction and Hansmann excerpt, 743-52 (notes 1-3)
Nahrstedt v. Lakeside Village Condo Assoc., 752-63 (notes 1-5 & 8-9)
40 West 67th Street v. Pullman, 763-771 (notes 1-3)
Kiekel v. Four Colonies Homes Assoc., 771-78 (notes 1-4)

Class 20: Trusts & Business Associations
Assignments:
Introductory material, 778-80
Broadway National Bank v. Adams, 781-85 (notes 1-5)
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Rothko v. Reis, 785-94 (notes 1-5)
Wilber v. Owens, 794-803 (notes 1-7)
Material on corporations and partnerships, 803-806

Class 21: Nuisance
Assignments:
Adams v. Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Co., 938-949 (notes 1-6)
Hendricks v. Stalnaker, 23-29 (notes 1-5)
Cambell v. Seaman, 949-60 (notes 1-8)
Boomer v. Atlantic Cement Co., 966-75 (notes 2 & 4)
Spur Industries v. Del E. Webb Development Co., 975-82 (notes 1-3 & 6)

Class 22: Easements
Assignments:
Baseball Publishing Co. v. Bruton, 982-89 (notes 1-3)
Schwab v. Timmons, 989-97 (notes 1-5)
Holbrook v. Taylor, 997-1002 (notes 1-6)
Warsaw v. Chicago Metallic Ceilings, 1002-13 (notes 1-5)
Fontainebleau Hotel v. Forty-Five Twenty-Five, Inc., 1013-20 (notes 1-7)

Class 23: Easements (cont) & Covenants
Assignments:
Termination of easements, 1020-21
Penn Bowling Center v. Hot Shoppes, 1021-25 (notes 1-3)
Tulk v. Moxhay, 1025-30 (note 2)
Neponsit Property Owners Assoc. v. Emigrant Bank, 1031-38 (notes 1-4)
Shelley v. Kraemer, 423-33 (notes 1-4)
Requirements for real covenants to run, 1038-42
Eagle Enterprises v. Gross, 1042-46 (notes 1-4)
Sanborn v. McLean, 1042-50 (notes 1-3)

Class 24: Covenants (cont) & Government Regulation of Land Use
Assignments:
Conservation easements, 1050-54 (notes 1-3)
Bolotin v. Rindge, 1054-58 (notes 1-3)
Peckham v. Milroy, 1058-62 (notes 1-2)
Introduction and Euclid v. Ambler, 1062-74 (notes 1-2, 4-6)
Harbison v. City of Buffalo, 1074-85 (notes 1-3)

Class 25: Government Regulation of Land Use (cont) & Eminent Domain
Assignments:
Southern Burlington NAACP v. Mt. Laurel, 1088-99 (notes 1-5)
Debate over the merits of zoning, 1085-88
Introductory material, 1219-21
Kelo v. City of New London, 1221-45 (notes 1-9 & 12)

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Class 26: Eminent Domain (cont) & Regulatory Takings
Assignments:
United States v. Miller, 1245-54 (notes 1-9)
City of Milwaukee VFW v. Redevelopment Auth., 1254-67 (notes 1-5)
Pennsylvania Coal Co. v. Mahon, 1267-77 (notes 1-10)
Penn Central v. City of New York, 1285-1302 (notes 1-8)

Class 27: Regulatory Takings (cont)
Assignments:
Loretto v. Teleprompter Manhattan CATV, 1302-14 (notes 1-8)
Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council, 1314-33 (notes 1-10)
Denominator problem & Lingle v. Chevron, 1336-44 (notes 1-3)

Class 28: Regulatory Takings (cont)
Assignments:
Meaning of property for regulatory takings, 1344-47
Exactions and Dolan v. City of Tigard, 1347-57 (notes 1-4)
Stop the Beach v. Florida DEP, 1357-75 (notes 1-5)