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Maddocks v. Giles
Supreme Judicial Court of Maine
728 A.2d 150 (1999)
Elbridge Giles (defendant) owned a gravel pit. Sewall and Janice Maddocks (plaintiffs) owned the land adjacent to Giles’s gravel pit. An underground spring ran beneath the Maddockses’ property until one day it ran dry. The Maddockses sued Giles, alleging that his excavation in his gravel pit caused the spring to run dry. The jury returned a verdict in favor of Giles. The Maddockses appealed, arguing that the State of Maine should abandon the absolute-dominion rule.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Calkins, J.)
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