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Mineral Park Land Co. v. Howard

Supreme Court of California, Department One

March 13, 1916

L. A. No. 3633


 [*290]   [**458]  The defendants appeal from a judgment in favor of plaintiff for $ 3,650. The appeal is on the judgment-roll alone.

The plaintiff was the owner of certain land in the ravine or wash known as the Arroyo Seco in South Pasadena, Los Angeles County. The defendants had made a contract with the public authorities for the construction of a concrete bridge across the Arroyo Seco. In August, 1911, the parties to this action entered into a written agreement whereby the plaintiff granted to the defendants the right to haul gravel and earth from plaintiff's land, the defendants agreeing to take therefrom all of the gravel and earth necessary in the construction of the fill and cement work on the proposed bridge, the required amount being estimated at approximately [***2]  one hundred and fourteen thousand cubic yards. Defendants agreed to pay five cents per cubic yard for the first eighty thousand yards, the next ten thousand yards were to be given free of charge, and the balance was to be paid for at the rate of five cents per cubic yard.

The complaint was in two counts. The first alleged that the defendants had taken 50,131 cubic yards of earth and gravel, thereby becoming indebted to plaintiff in the sum of $ 2,506.55, of which only nine hundred dollars had been paid, leaving a balance of $ 1,606.55 due. The findings support plaintiff's claim in this regard, and there is no question of the propriety of so much of the judgment as responds to the first count.

The second count sought to recover damages for the defendants' failure to take from plaintiff's land any more than the 50,131 yards.

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172 Cal. 289 *; 156 P. 458 **; 1916 Cal. LEXIS 529 ***

MINERAL PARK LAND COMPANY (a Corporation), Respondent, v. P. A. HOWARD et al., Appellants

Prior History:  [***1]  APPEAL from a judgment of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County. Charles Wellborn, Judge.

Disposition: The judgment is modified by deducting therefrom the sum of $ 2,043.45, and as so modified, it stands affirmed.


gravel, earth, cubic yard, quantity, yards, tons

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