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Rookes v Barnard [1964]

Facts

  • The facts are irrelevant for the purposes of this page, though involved Rookes, a draftsman, attempting to sue a union branch chairman for intimidation by unlawful means through the union’s attempt to unlawful end his employment contract

Issue

  • (When) can punitive damages be awarded in tort

Decision

  • Claim succeeded

Reasoning

  • Note that the decision would be reversed again by 1965 statute
  • For punitive damages, there must be oppressive governmental conduct for profit or where statute allows

Citation

[1964] UKHL 1

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