From our private database of 14,000+ case briefs...
Cline v. American Aggregates Corp.
Supreme Court of Ohio
474 N.E.2d 324 (Ohio 1984)
American Aggregates Corporation (defendant) extracted limestone from a quarry. This entailed pumping groundwater from an aquifer that underlies its quarry. Twenty-six landowners of nearby properties (plaintiffs) brought suit against American Aggregates. The aquifer also lied beneath their properties, and their domestic water supplies came from wells that drew from the aquifer. They allege that American Aggregates’ limestone extraction unreasonably caused their wells to become dewatered and polluted. The trial court dismissed the suit, because Ohio common law did not recognize a cause of action for damages to a landowner caused by a neighbor’s use of underground percolating water. The court of appeals affirmed the dismissal, but suggested that the common law ought to be reconsidered by the state supreme court.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Celebrezze, J.)
Concurrence (Holmes, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 200,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,000 briefs, keyed to 188 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.