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Hill v. National Grid

Rhode Island Supreme Court
11 A.3d 110 (2011)


Facts

One fall afternoon Austin Hill (plaintiff) and a group of other young boys were playing touch football on a vacant lot near their homes. Their game was interrupted when Austin stumbled and cut himself on a protruding metal post. Because he was bleeding profusely, Austin immediately went home and his mother, Rebecca (plaintiff), took him to the emergency room for treatment. Rebecca and Harry Hill (plaintiffs), on behalf of Austin, filed suit against National Grid (defendant), the owner of the vacant lot, on the theory of attractive nuisance. National Grid claimed it owed no duty of care to Austin or the other boys because they were trespassing on the property. The trial court granted summary judgment to National Grid because the Hills failed to show that the company knew or had reason to know that children were trespassing on the vacant lot. The Hills appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Flaherty, J.)

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