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Griffin v. Northridge

California Court of Appeal
153 P.2d 800 (1944)


The Griffins (plaintiffs) built a house on an empty lot next door to the Northridges (defendants). After the Griffins moved in, the Northridges engaged in a series of harassing behavior, including intentionally killing the Griffins’ flowers, splattering paint on the Griffins’ walls and windows, yelling epithets at Mrs. Griffin, creating noise at all times of the day and night, placing their garbage cans directly underneath the Griffins’ dining room window, and erecting a temporary, unsightly wall along the property line, which blocked sun, light, ventilation, and view from the Griffins’ home. The Griffins sued for nuisance. The Griffins sold their home prior to trial, and the trial court awarded $1,000 in damages. The Northridges appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Moore, J.)

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