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What Went Wrong? III



What Went Wrong? III – 1.5 Contact Hours
The case-in-chief is Cousins v. McNeel, Alabama Court of Appeals, 2012. As we research and review cases for new editions of The Lucas Letter, we often find cases where something went wrong causing the train to jump the tracks. Meaning that had mistakes not been made the outcome in the case could have gone the other way (or there may not have been a lawsuit at all). Often the mistakes are in the testimony of the surveyor experts, sometimes it is in the work of the attorneys, they can be made by the judge trying the case, or even the appellate court decision is the problematic. This case involves a survey of the 1.4 mile common boundary between two large tracts where the surveyor ignored critical evidence resulting in damage to everyone involved. We study the case to determine “what went wrong” and avoid the same pitfalls ourselves. This is a 2-Page Letter covering 1 Court Opinion consisting of 14 pages. This 16-Page document has a 10-Question examination based on the text of the newsletter and the attached case.

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