Torts Keyed to Henderson
Gorris v. Scott
Scott (Defendnat) was hired by Gorris (Plaintiff) to transport plaintiff’s sheep by boat. However, during a storm the sheep were all swept off of the boat by a large wave. Seeking to recover damages, Plaintiff relies on a statute known as the Contagious Diseases Act which states that any group of animals that are transported by boat must be separated and stored in a pen. The intent of the statute was to prevent disease. Plaintiff claims that if Defendant had followed the statute then his sheep would not have been lost. Plaintiff sues under a theory of negligence.
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