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Coggs v. Bernard

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Citation. 92 Eng. Rep. 107 (K.B. 1703).

Brief Fact Summary. Coggs (Defendant) moved casks of brandy owned by Bernard (Plaintiff) from one place to another. Through Defendant’s negligence, some of the casks were broken, and a large amount of brandy was lost. Plaintiff sued Defendant for the amount of brandy lost.

Synopsis of Rule of Law. Any man who undertakes to do an act is liable to an action if because of his neglect, damage occurs.


Facts. Plaintiff sued Defendant for the amount of brandy lost. Plaintiff received judgment. Defendant appealed, claiming that he was neither a common porter, nor received any reward or consideration.

Issue. If man undertakes to do an act, is he liable for any resulting damage, even if he had no official duty or responsibility?

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