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Rylands v. Fletcher
Citation:L.R. 3 H.L. 330 (House of Lords, 1868)
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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Rylands v. Fletcher
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A reservoir owned by Rylands broke into ancient mining shafts below it that were connected to mines used by Fletcher, causing Fletcher’s mines to flood. When building the reservoir, Rylands’ engineers discovered these abandoned mining shafts that were filled with subsoil beneath the reservoir, but they did not inspect where these shafts went. Rylands operated in total ignorance of the latent defect found in the subsoil that allowed the flooding to occur.
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