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Sedleigh-Denfield v O’Callaghan [1940]

Facts

  • Trespassers had laid a pipe on the defendant’s land designed to divert flood water
  • Following previous less-serious incidents, the pipe was blocked and the claimant’s land was flooded

Issue

  • Could there be nuisance liability?

Decision

  • Yes

Reasoning

  • Known blockage therefore liability in not adding a leaf filter to the pipe
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