Longleaf Invs., L.L.C. v. Tolintino

Decision Date05 December 2012
Docket NumberNo. 47,545–CA.,47,545–CA.
Citation108 So.3d 157
PartiesLONGLEAF INVESTMENTS, L.L.C., Plaintiff–Appellee v. Sharon Ann Miles Ross TOLINTINO, et al., Defendants–Appellants.
CourtCourt of Appeal of Louisiana — District of US

108 So.3d 157

LONGLEAF INVESTMENTS, L.L.C., Plaintiff–Appellee
v.
Sharon Ann Miles Ross TOLINTINO, et al., Defendants–Appellants.

No. 47,545–CA.

Court of Appeal of Louisiana,
Second Circuit.

Dec. 5, 2012.


[108 So.3d 158]


Darius Q. Henderson, Shreveport, LA, for Defendants–Appellants Alvin C. Williams, Yolanda Williams, Alvin C. Williams o/b/o minor, Zishun Moore.

John Z. Blanchard, Jr., Bossier City, LA, for Defendant–Appellant Zishun Moore.


Sharon Ann Miles Ross Tolintino, In Proper Person.

Charles G. Tutt, Shreveport, LA, for Plaintiff–Appellee Longleaf Investments, L.L.C.

Before BROWN, STEWART and MOORE, JJ.

STEWART, J.

[2 Cir. 1]In this case, Sharon Ann Miles Ross Tolintino, et al., appeal the trial court's judgment in favor of Longleaf Investments, L.L.C., declaring the quitclaim deeds at issue null, void and of no effect as to ownership. For the reasons explained more fully herein, we affirm the trial court's judgment.

FACTS

Longleaf Investments, L.L.C. (hereafter referred to as “Longleaf”), filed a “Petition for Concursus and to Quiet Title” against Sharon Ann Miles Ross Tolintino (hereafter referred to as “Tolintino”); Alvin Williams (hereafter referred to as “Alvin”), Tolintino's sometime chauffeur and longtime family friend; Yolanda Williams (hereafter referred to as “Yolanda”), Alvin's daughter; Zishun Moore (hereafter referred to as “Zishun”), Alvin's minor son; and First Tower Loan, Inc., a judgment creditor of Yolanda Williams. The action concerns immovable property in Bossier Parish identified as Sections 33 and 34, Township 17 North, Range 11 West and Sections 3 and 4, Township 16 North, and Range 11 West.

[108 So.3d 159]

Tolintino owned the property at issue. On December 6, 2005, Longleaf and Tolintino entered into a Purchase/Sell Agreement (hereafter referred to as the “Agreement”) with James Young, who is a managing member of Longleaf. Pursuant to the Agreement, Tolintino retained one-half of the minerals in Sections 33 and 34. Young paid Tolintino a $1,000.00 down payment on the property that day.

On January 17, 2006, prior to the Agreement being filed in the public records, Tolintino conveyed Section 3 via quitclaim deed (hereafter referred to as “Quitclaim # 1”) to Yolanda and Zishun for $1,800.00. Alvin signed on [2 Cir. 2]Zishun's behalf. Quitclaim # 1 was recorded in the Bossier Parish public records on January 24, 2006.

On February 22, 2006, Longleaf recorded the Agreement.

On May 12, 2006, Tolintino conveyed her interest in Sections 4, 33, and 34 via a quitclaim deed (hereafter referred to as “Quitclaim # 2”) to Zishun. Again, Alvin signed on Zishun's behalf. Quitclaim # 2 was recorded on June 7, 2006. It referenced the price of the property as $12,000.00. However, Tolintino testified that Quitclaim # 2 should have recited a price of $1,200.00, and claimed to have received $1,200.00. Alvin testified that he paid $12,000.00 for the property, but provided no proof of such payment.

After Longleaf sued Tolintino for specific performance, she conveyed the property subject to the Agreement to Longleaf. Longleaf subsequently filed the instant action for a concursus and to quiet title to the property, specifically requesting that the quitclaim deeds be cancelled and “stricken from the record as clouds of the title.”

At the conclusion of trial, the defendants conceded that Quitclaim # 2 was invalid, since it was recorded after the Agreement had been recorded. Although Quitclaim # 1 was recorded before the Agreement, the trial court rendered judgment nullifying both Quitclaim # 1 and # 2. Additionally, the trial court noted that the First Tower Loan judgment against Yolanda does not affect the property purchased by Longleaf. The trial court found Tolintino and Alvin conspired to defraud Longleaf of the property by confecting the quitclaim deeds for the sole purpose of allowing Tolintino to get out of the Agreement. It noted:

[2 Cir. 3]The court finds the testimony of both Ms. Tolintino and Mr. Williams to be totally lacking in credibility. It is clear to the court that the two of them basically conspired to try to defraud plaintiff of the property that she agreed to sell him on December 6, 2005. Based on the totality of the evidence it would be unconscionable to permit the quitclaim deeds to stand.

In its written reasons for judgment, the trial court recognized that a third party purchaser who is guilty of fraud or bad faith is not protected by the public records doctrine.


Tolintino, Alvin, on behalf of Zishun, and Yolanda (collectively referred to as “Appellants”) have filed the instant appeal.

LAW AND DISCUSSION

The appellants' sole assignment of error is that...

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