U.S. Supreme Court
United States v. Wilson, 118 U.S. 86 (1886)
United States v. Wilson
Argued April 15, 1886
Decided April 26, 1886
118 U.S. 86
A bill quia timet to remove a cloud from a legal title cannot ordinarily be brought in the courts of the United States by one not in possession of the real estate in controversy, but when a local statute of the state authorizes a bill in equity in such case, the remedy allowed in state courts may also be enforced in federal courts, and when a cloud upon the title to real estate prevents the enforcement of a lien at law to secure the payment of money, then the creditor may have his bill to remove the cloud.
In equity. The case is stated in the opinion of the Court.