From conversations which the writer has had with various members of the Bar, including title attorneys, there seems to be a general belief that purchasers of land from a party to a pending suit affecting it, are not charged with constructive knowledge of such suit unless a notice of its pendency is filed in the office of the Recorder of Deeds, as provided by Section 3155, R. S. Mo. 1929. This, however, is not the case except as to the limited character of actions mentioned in this section. As will be pointed out, there are many types of real actions not of that character, in which pendente lite purchasers are bound by the decree rendered in the case, although no notice of its pendency was filed in the Recorder's office. A brief examination of this section and of its construction will demonstrate this
Doctrine of Lis Pendens in Legal Actions Affecting Land, The,
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