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Wood v. Leadbitter

Exchequer Division (U.K.)
153 Eng. Rep. 351 (1845)


Wood (plaintiff) purchased a ticket to attend horse races that were held on property owned by Lord Eglintoun (Eglintoun). The ticket entitled Wood to enter Eglintoun’s property and remain there during the races. For unknown reasons, Eglintoun chose to remove Wood from the property during one of the races. Leadbitter (defendant), Eglintoun’s servant, forcibly removed Wood from the property. Wood sued Leadbitter for assault and false imprisonment. The trial court directed the jury that Eglintoun had the right to remove Wood from the property for any reason and had no obligation to return the money that Wood had paid for his ticket. Wood claimed that his ticket gave him an irrevocable license to remain on Eglintoun’s property during the races. The jury found in favor of Leadbitter.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Alderson, J.)

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