Fence fight: Montgomery judge to consider who owns trail land along Purple Line route

Date: August 28, 2014

Jeff Seaman Represents Chevy Chase Homeowner in High Profile Purple Line Fence Dispute

..."Bhatt’s lawyer, Jeff Seaman, argued that previous owners of Bhatt’s home had taken “adverse possession” of the land along the trail’s shoulders because a fence has existed in the same spot since at least 1963, meaning the fenced off land hasn’t been publicly used since then.

Associate County Attorney Jim Savage argued that Maryland law doesn’t allow for people to take “adverse possession”of government-owned land. 

Seaman counter-argued that because previous owners of Bhatt’s property fenced in the land since at least the 1960s, they took “adverse possession” of it from the railroad, not the county."

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