Evidence keyed to Mueller
Higgins v. Los Angeles Gas & Electric Co
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The plaintiff sued to recover damages when a gas explosion damaged a restaurant. The defendant offered evidence showing that there was a gas leak in a dark and obscure place. And, that when an employee inspected the leak with a flashlight, the explosion occurred. The defendant introduced a similar flashlight and claimed it was impossible for this model of flashlight to give out any spark which would cause the explosion. The plaintiff claimed the explosion was caused by a spark from the flashlight and introduced evidence to prove such. The defendant contended that the plaintiff’s tenant was negligent by continuing to burn an oil stove in the restaurant after the defendant’s employee told him not to. The jury found for the plaintiff. The defendant moved for a new trial and the court granted the motion on the ground that the court erred in sending the flash light into the jury room.
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