Doyle v. Linn, 75--131

Citation37 Colo.App. 214, 547 P.2d 257
Case DateDecember 18, 1975
CourtCourt of Appeals of Colorado

Page 257

547 P.2d 257
37 Colo.App. 214
James P. DOYLE and Florene A. Doyle, Plaintiffs-Appellants,
Kurt O. LINN, Defendant-Appellee.
No. 75--131.
Colorado Court of Appeals, Div. III.
Dec. 18, 1975.
Rehearing Denied Jan. 8, 1976.

Page 258

Richeson & McCain, Robert C. McCain, Denver, for plaintiffs-appellants.

Albert B. Dawkins, Denver, for defendant-appellee.


James and Florene Doyle sought recovery of damages resulting from an allegedly negligent survey made by defendant, Kurt O. Linn. Following a trial to the court, it found that the defendant was negligent and that plaintiffs had been substantially damaged as a result of such negligence. [37 Colo.App. 215] However, the court dismissed the action on the ground that the action was barred by the operation of two statutes of limitations, §§ 13--80--110 and 13--80--127, C.R.S.1973, and plaintiffs appeal that dismissal. Appellee has confessed that § 13--80--127, 1973, is inapplicable because the claim for relief arose prior to June 1, 1969, the effective date of that statute. Colo.Sess.Laws 1969, ch. 221, 87--1--28, at 697. See Greene v. Green Acres Construction Co., Colo.App., 543 P.2d 108 (announced September 23, 1975). Therefore the sole issue before this court is whether the action was barred by § 13--80--110, C.R.S.1973. We hold that it was not and reverse the judgment.

In 1960 the Doyles engaged Linn to prepare a boundary survey of a parcel of mountain property that they were considering buying. Linn knew that the Doyles had selected a site for a home they proposed to build and would buy the property if the site was actually within the plot's boundaries. In September 1960 Linn surveyed and staked the boundaries, and delivered a certified plat to the Doyles. According to this survey, the desired homesite was within the boundaries of the plot. In reliance on the survey, the Doyles bought the land and began building their house in November 1960. The house was not completed until 1970.

The land adjacent to the Doyle plot on the north is owned by the United States, being part of the Pike National Forest. In 1964 government agents began negotiating with the Doyles for permission to widen an access road to the National Forest, which road crossed the Doyle land. During the discussions, the agents advised the Doyles that there was a possibility that their house was on government land. In November 1964 the Bureau of Land Management (B.L.M.) began a 'dependent survey' of the boundary line. The survey was completed in June 1965, and was officially accepted and approved by the B.L.M. on February 1, 1968. According to this survey the Doyle house was on government land.

In October 1968 the United States sued the Doyles in the U.S. District Court for trespass, and obtained a judgment which gave the Doyles 90 days to remove the...

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