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WHEATLEY GRADING CONTRACTORS, INC. et al. v. DFT INVESTMENTS, INC.
35266.
BOWLES, Justice.
Injunction. Columbia Superior Court. Before Judge Fulcher.
We affirm.
"When a trial judge is called upon to determine whether or not a temporary injunction will be granted or denied he is vested with a wide latitude of discretion, and this discretion will not be disturbed unless manifestly abused." Taylor v. Evans, 232 Ga. 685 (208 SE2d 492) (1974). In view of the fact that appellee's claim to title of the strip of land is supported by a deed and appellants' claim is not, we cannot say that the trial court abused its discretion in ordering the recently placed obstructions removed.
Appellants rely on the case of Miller v. Wells, 235 Ga. 411 (219 SE2d 751) (1975) to support their argument that they should not have to remove the obstructions they placed. In that case, this court reversed the grant of an interlocutory injunction which, in effect, required the removal of a hedgerow because that "would require appellants to provide access where none now exists." 235 Ga. at 417. We believe that this language in Miller is too broad. In the case at bar, the reason no access now exists is because appellants have acted to accomplish that end. To require a landowner to await a trial on the merits to regain access to his land would be an intolerable imposition. Consequently, we must disapprove this broad language in Miller.
Even prior to the recognition of mandatory injunctions in Georgia, this court sustained the validity of injunctions which, in effect, required the removal of obstructions based on the rationale that the injunctions simply restrained a continuous trespass. See Mosley v. Foster, 223 Ga. 603 (157 SE2d 255) (1967) and Lockwood v. Daniel, 193 Ga. 122 (17 SE2d 542) (1941). In Faulkner v. Ga. Power Co., 241 Ga. 618 (247 SE2d 80) (1978) we recognized that since the repeal of Code Ann. 55-110, the superior court has the power to issue mandatory permanent injunctions while specifically not deciding whether mandatory temporary injunctions might issue. We today hold that in a proper case, a mandatory injunction 1 may issue after a temporary hearing. See Taylor v. Evans, supra, (temporary injunction granted ordering the removal of grave markers) and Moss v. Thomson Co., 212 Ga. 184 (91 SE2d 485) (1956) (temporary injunction restraining erection of fence already partially erected). We believe such a rule is necessary for the reason stated above--to require a landowner to await a trial on the merits to regain access to his land would be an intolerable imposition.
Dye, Miller, Bowen & Tucker, A. Rowland Dye, for appellee.
Notes
1  We need no longer make the distinction between mandatory injunctions and injunctions which have the
John C. Bell, Jr., for appellants.
SUBMITTED SEPTEMBER 17, 1979 -- DECIDED NOVEMBER 6, 1979.
Friday May 22 03:15 EDT


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