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Actions under the rule of <i>Rylands</i> v <i>Fletcher</i>

Kirsty Horsey and Erika Rackley

in Tort Law

Fifth edition

Published on behalf of © Kirsty Horsey and Erika Rackley 2017

Published in print July 2017 | ISBN: 9780198785286
Published online September 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191827273 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/he/9780198785286.003.0019
Actions under the rule of Rylands v Fletcher

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This chapter examines the rule from Rylands v Fletcher [1868]. The rule holds that where there has been an escape of a dangerous thing in the course of a non-natural use of land, the occupier of that land is liable for the damage to another caused as a result of the escape, irrespective of fault. The rule today is best understood through a trilogy of cases: Rylands v Fletcher, Cambridge Water Co Ltd v Eastern Counties Leather plc [1994] and Transco v Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council [2004].

Keywords: tort law; Rylands v Fletcher; land use; liability; Eastern Counties Leather; Stockport MBC

Chapter.  10891 words. 

Subjects: Tort Law

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