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" An act which does not amount to a legal injury cannot be actionable because it is done with a bad Intent. "
A Treatise on the Law of Torts, Or, The Wrongs which Arise Independent of ... - Page 96
by Thomas McIntyre Cooley - 1888 - 899 pages
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British Ruling Cases from Courts of Great Britain, Canada, Ireland ..., Volume 1

Law reports, digests, etc - 1911
...ago (Stevenson v. Newnham [185?] 13 CB 297, 22 LJCPNS 110, 17 Jur. 600) : "An act which does [509] not amount to a legal injury cannot be actionable because it is done with a bad intent." That, in my opinion, is the sum and substance of Allen v. Flood, supra, if you eliminate all matters...
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The American State Reports: Containing the Cases of General ..., Volume 135

Abraham Clark Freeman - Law reports, digests, etc - 1911
...right and lawful for one man to do cannot furnish the foundation for an action in favor of another. Nor can the absence of commendable motive on the part of the party exercising his rijrhts be the legal substitute or equivalent for the thing amiss which is one of the necessary elements...
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The Law of the Employment of Labor

Lindley Daniel Clark - Labor laws and legislation - 1911 - 373 pages
...the question of motive ; but the rule seems well stated in a British case, in which it was said that an act which does not amount to a legal injury cannot be actionable because done with a bad intent.6 So if an employer brings action on the ground of enticement, he must show...
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Select Cases on the Law of Torts: With Notes, and a Summary of ..., Volume 2

John Henry Wigmore - Torts - 1912
...conspiracy to do the injury suffered? . . . Baron PARKE said in Stevenson v. Newnham, 13 CB 285, " An act which does not amount to a legal injury cannot...actionable because it is done with a bad intent." . . . To determine, then, whether a "malicious act" is "wrongful," in the legal sense, and therefore...
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The American Employer, Volumes 1-2

Industrial relations - 1912
...motives make a bad act worse, but they cannot make that a wrong which in its own essence is lawful. An act which does not amount to a legal injury cannot...actionable, because it is done with a bad intent. Where one exercises a legal right only, the motive which actuates him is immaterial. When in legal...
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Virginia Appeals: Decisions of the Supreme Court of Appeals of ..., Volume 6

Virginia. Supreme Court of Appeals - Law reports, digests, etc - 1912
...motives make a bad act worse, but they cannot make that a wrong which in its own essence is lawful. An act which does not amount to a legal injury cannot be actionable because done with a bad intent. Where one exercises a legal right only, the motive which actuates him is immaterial....
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A Treatise on the Law of Negligence, Volume 3

Thomas Gaskell Shearman, Amasa Angell Redfield - Negligence - 1913 - 2317 pages
...7 So. 124). " See Rideout v. Knox, 148 Mass. 308, 19 NE 390. [Spite fences] ; The truism that what does not amount to a legal injury cannot be actionable because it is done with a bad intent, is thus rendered by Judge Cooley. " Whatever one has a right to do another can have no right to complain...
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Locomotive Firemen's Magazine, Volume 57

1914
...furnish the foundation for an action in favor of another. Nor can the absence of commendable notice on the part of the party exercising his rights be...which is one of the necessary elements of a wrong. Hence every free man, whether skilled laborer, mechanic, farmer or domestic, may work or not work,...
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New Jersey Law Review, Volume 1

Law - 1915
...desire to injure another". m"It is a truism of the law" says the Supreme Court of California, "that an act which does not amount to a legal injury cannot...be actionable because it is done with a bad intent; that what one has a right to do another cannot complain of. It is conceded that one may lawfully persuade...
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Cases on the Law of Torts, Volume 2

Francis Hermann Bohlen - Torts - 1915
...was no combination but only an act by the defendant expressing his own views, and as holding that as an act which does not amount to a legal injury cannot be actionable on account of a bad motive. In Giblan v. National Amalgamated Laborers' Union, (1903) 2 KB Div. 600,...
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