American Trading Real Estate Properties, Inc. v. Trumbull – Case Brief Summary (Connecticut)

In American Trading Real Estate Properties, Inc. v. Trumbull, 215 Conn. 68, 574 A.2d 796 (1990), the Court, in reviewing a quiet title action, interpreted a deed and held that a fee simple interest in a certain narrow strip of land had been conveyed, rather than an easement. Id., 74-75.

The court based its holding on the fact that the grantor had reserved a right to pass over and cross the strip, noting that "such a reservation of rights would have been unnecessary if the grantors had retained fee simple title to the roadway, since the right to use the property for purposes not inconsistent with a nonexclusive easement would have remained with the grantors." Id., 74.