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De Wolf v. Ford
New York Court of Appeals
193 N.Y. 397, 86 N.E. 527 (1908)
A male hotel employee forced his way into the room of a partially clothed female guest (plaintiff) and her companion. The employee accused the guest of engaging in immoral acts and demanded that she and her companion leave the hotel. The guest sued the hotel (defendant). The trial court dismissed the guest’s complaint, and the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division affirmed the dismissal, reasoning that a hotel is not responsible for the safety of its guests.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Werner, J.)
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