Court Finds House Haunted “As a Matter of Law”

On Halloween a few years ago, in the New York State Bar Association Journal, Daniel B. Moar described the case of Stambovsky v. Ackley:

The plaintiff had commenced an action to rescind a real estate purchase after he discovered that the house he bought was possessed by ghosts. Believing that it could not award the buyer a remedy, the trial court dismissed the complaint.

The appellate court disagreed, finding that the “unusual facts . . . clearly warrant a grant of equitable relief to the buyer.” The seller had repeatedly reported to the media the presence of ghosts roaming the house. As a result, the appellate court found that the seller was “estopped to deny their existence and, as a matter of law, the house is haunted.” Additionally … the court noted that even “the most meticulous inspection” would not have discovered their presence and put the buyer on notice.

h/t to Eugene Volokh.

Jon Guze / Director of Legal Studies

Jon Guze is the Director of Legal Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the John Locke Foundation, Jon practiced law in Durham, North Carolina for over twent...

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