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

Kirsty Horsey and Erika Rackley

in Tort Law

Third edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print July 2013 | ISBN: 9780199661893
Published online October 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191764240 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/he/9780199661893.003.0018
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 v Eastern Counties Leather plc [1994], and Transco v Stockport MBC [2004].

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

Chapter.  10888 words. 

Subjects: Tort Law

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