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Ryan v. New York Central R.R.
New York Court of Appeals
35 N.Y. 210 (1866)
On July 15, 1854, New York Central R.R. (railroad) (defendant) negligently set fire to one of its woodsheds. The fire destroyed the shed and all the wood inside. Ryan (plaintiff) owned a house nearby. The fire spread and destroyed Ryan’s house, as well as other neighboring houses. Ryan brought suit against the railroad for negligence, but the trial court granted a nonsuit. Ryan appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Hunt, J.)
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