Home ARTHUR A. CAFARELLA & another vs. ALBERT RIZZO & another.

354 Mass. 92

January 5, 1968 - April 1, 1968

Suffolk County


Where a lis pendens was duly filed and registered under G. L. c. 185, Section 86; c. 184, Section 15, against registered land of the defendant in a suit in equity and was noted on the transfer certificate of title of grantees to whom the defendant subsequently conveyed the land, but a final decree in the suit favorable to the plaintiffs therein was not registered within sixty days after its entry as provided in Section 86, the grantees were entitled to have the notation of the lis pendens on their certificate cancelled.

PETITION filed in the Land Court on May 6, 1965.

The case was heard by Silverio, J.

James W. Kelleher & George Gruzen, for the respondents, submitted a brief.

No argument or brief for the petitioners.

REARDON, J. The respondents, Albert and Frances Rizzo, appeal from a decision of the Land Court ordering that a memorandum of notice of a proceeding be cancelled from the petitioners' transfer certificate of title of land in Revere.

The petitioners on November 4, 1964, acquired the land from G. Ciardiello & Sons, Inc., a Massachusetts corporation, against which the Rizzos had brought a bill in equity on July 1, 1964, filing a lis pendens notice in the Land Court which described the bill as one to enjoin the corporation from throwing water and debris on the Rizzo land. A final decree in the equity suit, entered February 10, 1965, enjoined the corporation, its agents and assigns "from suffering or permitting any broken stone, rocks, dirt, loam or other material placed on its lots to escape or to be deposited, spread or washed on to the land of the . . . [Rizzos]." There is no evidence that any appeal was taken from this

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decree. The decree was not registered within sixty days of its rendition.

General Laws c. 185, Section 86, provides: "No writ of entry, petition for partition, or other proceeding at law or in equity affecting the title to land or the use and occupation thereof or the buildings thereon, and no judgment or decree, or any writ of error, bill of review or other proceeding to vacate or reverse any judgment or decree, shall have any effect upon registered land as against persons other than the parties thereto, unless a memorandum like that described in section fifteen of chapter one hundred and eighty-four, containing also a reference to the number of the certificate of title of the land affected and the volume and page of the registration book in which it is entered, is filed and registered. This section shall not apply to attachments, levies of execution, or to the probate of wills or administration in the probate court. If notice of the pendency of the proceeding has been duly registered, it shall be sufficient to register the judgment or decree within sixty days after the rendition thereof."

General Laws c. 184, Section 15, makes provision for the filing of a lis pendens which was complied with by the Rizzos in their suit against the corporation. At common law the effect of lis pendens ended with the termination of the suit. Steele v. Estabrook, 236 Mass. 252, 254. Patton on Titles (2d ed.) Section 580. Tiffany, Real Property (3d ed.) Section 1296. At most, G. L. c. 185, Section 86, extends the effect of lis pendens in certain cases sixty days beyond entry of the final decree. More than sixty days having passed, no reason exists why the memorandum of notice should remain on the certificate and adversely affect the marketability of the petitioners' land. It follows that the Land Court acted properly under G. L. c. 185, Section 114, in ordering cancellation of the memorandum from the petitioners' certificate of title.

Decision affirmed.