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Torts Keyed to Franklin
Vincent v. Lake Erie Transportation Co.
Citation:109 Minn. 456, 124 N.W. 221 (Minn. 1910)
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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While cargo from a steamship owned by Lake Erie Transportation Co. was being unloaded on Vincent’s dock, a violent storm struck, causing the steamship to damage the dock. The storm was so violent that it suspended virtually all travel in and out of the port.
Vincent argued that it was negligent for Lake Erie Transportation Co. to moor the steamship to the part of the dock it did, but the court disagreed, finding that the employees had moored the steamship to a part of the dock that was commonly used for the purpose of unloading cargo.
Lake Erie Transportation Co. argued that its conduct during the storm was necessary and out of its control, such that it should not be held liable for any injury resulting to the property of others.
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