New York has experienced some very interesting legal happenings. Law is constantly changing as new issues are brought about, and the cases which shape these changes hold the utmost importance. Staying up to date with your continuing legal education, whether in live classes or online CLE, is a must.
Today i’d like to take a look at a spooky court case which is very appropriate for the Halloween season! Stambovsky V. Ackley created quite a raise in the early 90s, and later became a staple in property law teachings. The Ackley family owned a home in Nyack, New York, which they had reported was haunted. Apparently spirits had shaken the mother’s bed, and stolen belongings from the children numerous times.
The entire town knew of the hauntings, as they has become a part of Nyack folklore. The Ackley’s had also had works published about the disturbances in outlets such as Reader’s Digest.
In 1990, the Ackley’s sold the house to New Yorker, Jeffery Stambovsky, without ever telling him of the poltergeist. He then later found out of the home’s reputation and brought the Ackley’s to court for fraudulent misrepresentation. Stambovsky’s case held up, not necessarily because the house was haunted, but because it was such common knowledge and had been written about in the past. This reputation affected the home’s value, thus upholding Stambovsky’s argument. Stay up to date with your New York continuing legal education with Marino Legal.