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Valley Properties Limited Partnership v. Steadman’s Hardware, Inc. Case Brief

Summary of Valley Properties Limited Partnership v. Steadman’s Hardware, Inc. 

*Fact: Defendant was renting space from plaintiff’s warehouse when something in his space caught fire. It consumed the whole warehouse and plaintiff claims negligence on the part of ?.

*Procedure: Trial court refused to give res ipsa loquitur instructions to the jury.

*Issue: Based on the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur, was the ? liable?

*Holding: No

*Reasoning: It may be inferred when: a. The event is of a kind which ordinarily does not occur in the absence of negligence b. other responsible causes, including the conduct of the plaintiff and third persons, are sufficiently eliminated by the evidence c. the indicated negligence is within the scope of the defendant’s duty to the plaintiff. A fire in a warehouse, of unknown origin, may occur in the absence of negligence.

*Decision: Affirmed




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