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Rylands v. Fletcher
Citation:1868 UKHL 1 (17 July 1868)
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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Rylands v. Fletcher
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Owners of a mill (defendants) contracted to have a reservoir constructed and maintained on their land. The defendants and the contractors they hired were unaware of an issue with the subsoil, which caused the reservoir to break once it was partially filled with water. Subsequently, the water damaged the mine owned and occupied by their neighbor (plaintiff). The plaintiff sued the defendants for the ensuing damage.
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