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Ratcliffe v. Evans

Court of Appeal
2 Q.B. 524 (1892)


Facts

Ratcliffe (plaintiff) and his father operated a business. When Ratcliffe’s father died, Evans (defendant) published an article in a newspaper that stated that the business no longer existed after the father’s death. This was in fact not the case and Ratcliffe brought suit for injurious falsehood. The trial court found in Ratcliffe’s favor, and Evans appealed on the grounds that Ratcliffe did not plead any special damages, only a general loss of business.

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