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Torts Keyed to Prosser
Katko v. Briney
Citation:183 N.W.2d 657
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Briney owned an unoccupied boarded-up farmhouse. Due to a series of intrusions and thefts, Briney boarded up the windows and doors and posted “no trespass” signs along the property. He also installed “a shotgun trap” in the home that was capable of inflicting death or serious injury. No warning was posted indicating the presence of the trap inside the home. Katko trespassed upon Briney’s property, intending to steal old bottles and dated fruit jars. When Katko opened the door to the farmhouse, he was shot in the leg by the trap. As a result of the injury, Katko suffered a permanent deformity, including a shortening of his leg. Katko sued for damages.
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