Humphrey v. Twin State Gas & Electric Co.

139 A. 440 (1927)

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Humphrey v. Twin State Gas & Electric Co.

Vermont Supreme Court
139 A. 440 (1927)

  • Written by Rose VanHofwegen, JD

Facts

After a flood washed out a power line, Twin State Gas & Electric Co. (defendant) ran a temporary replacement across a wooded lot, with the landowner’s permission. The line sagged so it touched and electrified a barbed wire fence. Humphrey (plaintiff) was hunting on the lot when he came into contact with the fence, suffering injury, and sued the electric company as a result. The trial court granted a directed verdict for the electric company, and Humphrey appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Powers, J.)

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