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Golden v. Amory
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
109 N.E.2d 131 (Mass. 1952)
The defendants operated a hydroelectric plant and constructed and operated a dike. The plaintiffs owned real estate along the river where the dike was located. A hurricane caused the river to overflow, damaging the plaintiffs’ real estate. The plaintiffs brought suit against the defendants on a theory of strict liability. The trial court directed verdicts to the defendants, holding that strict liability could not be imposed. The plaintiffs appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Lummus, J.)
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