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Smith v Littlewoods Organisation Ltd [1987]

Facts

  • Littlewoods purchased a derelict cinema
  • Unbeknownst to them, vandals often created fires inside of the cinema, one of which spread to the claimant’s property, causing damage

Issue

  • Could Littlewoods be held liable for not preventing the danger

Decision

  • No liability

Reasoning

  • Although liability would exist where the defendant’s buy alprazolam pills left a danger to be sparked off, there was no reason to believe that a derelict cinema could be dangerous
  • The defendants were unaware of the danger, so could not have reasonably expected to prevent it
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