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Sawyer v. Davis
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
136 Mass. 239 (1884)
Certain manufacturers (plaintiffs) in Plymouth had been subject to a previous lawsuit alleging that the sounding of certain alarms and bells, used to give notice to employees, constituted a nuisance. In the previous case, the trial court had granted an injunction prohibiting the manufacturer from ringing the bells prior to 6:30 a.m. Later, the state legislature adopted a new law granting specific authority to municipalities, through their respective governing bodies, to designate the manner and time that manufacturers and other companies were allowed to ring bells and blow whistles. The next month, the selectmen of Plymouth granted a written license to the manufacturers permitting the sounding of bells and whistles beginning at 5:00 a.m. After this, the manufacturers filed a petition seeking to dissolve or modify the previous injunction.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Allen, J.)
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