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Rowland v. Christian

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Citation. 283 Fed. Appx. 251

Brief Fact Summary. Rowland (Plaintiff) asked to use the bathroom and was injured when a cracked handle of the cold-water faucet on the basin broke and severed tendons and nerves on his right hand. Nancy Christian (Defendant) had known for two weeks that the handle was cracked and had complained to the manager. However, she did not warn Plaintiff of the condition.

Synopsis of Rule of Law. Ordinary principles of negligence may be used to determine the liability of a landowner to a person coming onto the property.


Facts. Plaintiff was a social guest in Defendant’s apartment. Plaintiff asked to use the bathroom and was injured when a cracked handle of the cold-water faucet on the basin broke and severed tendons and nerves on his right hand. Defendant had known for two weeks that the handle was cracked, and had complained to the manager. However, she did not warn Plaintiff. A summary judgment was given to Defendant. Plaintiff appealed.

Issue. May ordinary principles of negligence be used to determine the liability of a landowner to a person coming onto the property?

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