This article is relevant to AQA A-level Paper 2 (law of tort), OCR A-level Component 2 (law of tort) and WJEC/Eduquas A-level Components 2 and 3.
The rule in Rylands v Fletcher was set down in the 1860s across two appeal decisions from the case: that of the Court of Exchequer Chamber, in 1866, led by Blackburn J, and later that of the House of Lords (now the Supreme Court) in 1868. So what is the original formulation of the rule? In the words of Blackburn:
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