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LeRoy Fibre Co. v. Chicago, Milwaukee & St, Paul Railway Co.

United States Supreme Court
232 U.S. 340 (1914)



LeRoy Fibre (plaintiff) owned property next to railroad tracks owned by St. Paul Railway (defendant). LeRoy Fibre stacked combustible flax no closer than 75 feet from the tracks. Sparks and coals from a train caused the flax to catch fire and become destroyed. LeRoy Fibre sued St. Paul Railway, alleging that the railroad was negligent in its operation. St. Paul Railway alleged that LeRoy Fibre was contributorily negligent by placing the flax so close to the railroad tracks. The court allowed the jury to find contributory negligence, and the jury issued a verdict in favor of St. Paul Railway.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (McKenna, J.)

Concurrence (Holmes, J.)

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