Prince v. Duvergee

In Prince v. Duvergee, 1 V.I. 425 (D.V.I. 1938), the United States District Court of the Virgin Islands -- sitting in its former capacity as a local trial court -- held that a tenant in common had successfully acquired sole title to the property by adverse possession where "there was no evidence that the entry of the tenant in possession of the property was hostile to the other tenants in common, or that the plaintiff ... ever by direct communication with the cotenants, asserted an adverse title." Id. at 427. Yet the District Court was still able to conclude that the tenant in possession had made a "manifest claim of sole dominion" over the property and noted that the ousted cotenant "has not refuted the evidence of these facts." Id. at 427-29.