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(p. 566) 19. Actions under the rule of Rylands v Fletcher 

(p. 566) 19. Actions under the rule of Rylands v Fletcher
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(p. 566) 19. Actions under the rule of Rylands v Fletcher
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Kirsty Horsey

and Erika Rackley

DOI:
10.1093/he/9780198785286.003.0019
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date: 21 October 2017

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].

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