Byline: Derek Hawkins

7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Case Name: Edward E. Ronkowski, Jr., et al. v. United States of America

Case No.: 18-2269

Officials: FLAUM, ROVNER, and SCUDDER, Circuit Judges.

Focus: Easement

Edward and JoAnn Ronkowski own 120 acres of undeveloped land in Bayfield County, Wisconsin. Since the Ronkowskis acquired the property in 1972, they have accessed it via an unpaved road that crosses over neighboring land, including land owned by the United States Forest Service. The Ronkowskis brought suit against the United States under the Quiet Title Act seeking recognition of an easement to access their property by way of the unpaved road. The district court held that the Ronkowskis had not established...

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