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Ethics XX



Ethics XX – 1.5 Contact Hours

The case-in-chief is Iron Shields Investments, LLC v. Miller, Connecticut Superior Court, 2019. In 2006 the surveyor in the case, D’Amico, performed a survey of two adjoining tracts of land owned by Miller and Pelligrini. The Miller property was a vacant 10-acre tract south of the four-acre Pelligrini property and north of the 24-acre Weston Gun Club, in Weston, Connecticut. In 2014, Iron Shields purchased the Pelligrini property and a copy of the survey from D’Amico just before purchasing the Miller property for development into a three-lot subdivision. Things were going well until the Gun Club informed Iron Shields that they were clear trees on four acres that they owned. The Gun Club sued, the parties settled the boundary dispute with a boundary line agreement, and Iron Shields then sued D’Amico for negligence, even though D’Amico’s determination of the boundary was never proven wrong. How does that happen and what are the ethical issues? Read the newsletter and find out. The National Society of Professional Surveyor’s (NSPS) “Surveyor’s Creed and Canons” (NSPS Creed) is the barometer for measuring the ethics in the case. This is a 2-Page Letter covering one Appellate Court Opinion consisting of 18 pages. Combined with the NSPS Creed, this is a 21-Page document with a 10-Question examination based on the text of the newsletter, the NSPS Creed, and the opinion.

OBJECTIVES: To enhance professional competency and improve practitioner’s knowledge of the law as it relates to the practice of land surveying.