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Jacque v. Steenberg Homes, Inc.

Wisconsin Supreme Court
563 N.W.2d 154 (Wis. 1997)



Steenberg Homes (Steenberg) (defendant) sold a mobile home to a neighbor of the Jacques (plaintiffs). Because of snow on the nearest town road, the easiest way for Steenberg to deliver the mobile home was over the Jacques’ property. However, the Jacques refused to grant Steenberg permission to do so. Steenberg proceeded to deliver the mobile home across the Jacques’ property anyway. The Jacques notified the sheriff, and Steenberg was issued a $30 citation. The Jacques also sued Steenberg. At trial, the jury awarded the Jacques $1 in nominal damages and $100,000 in punitive damages. However, the circuit court set aside the award of $100,000, and the court of appeals affirmed. The Jacques appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Bablitch, J.)

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Questions & Answers

Reposting questions from Dameon Matt, California School of Law, JD 2025.

Would (or should) the result in Jacque have been different if, instead of a mobile home seller making a scheduled delivery to a customer, the defendant had been an ambulance company responding to a call of a suspected heart attack? Of a broken leg? What if the snow-covered private road had instead been a recently collapsed bridge? What if Steenberg had tried to take the road despite the risks,
and the truck had accidentally tipped and fallen onto the Jacques’ land?

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