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Letang v. Cooper
1 QB 232 (1965)
While Mrs. Letang (plaintiff) was sunbathing on a grassy area that was used to park cars at a hotel, Mr. Cooper (defendant), who did not see Letang, drove his Jaguar over her legs and injured her. More than three years later, Letang sued Cooper for negligence and trespass to her person and claimed damages. The applicable statutes of limitations barred actions for negligence after three years and barred actions for trespass to the person after six years. Letang conceded that her negligence claim was time barred but alleged that her trespass-to-the-person claim was not barred under the six-year statute of limitations. The trial judge agreed and awarded Letang £575 in damages for her trespass-to-the-person claim. Cooper appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Lord Denning, M.R.)
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