Robbins v. Chicago City - United States Supreme Court

Robbins v. Chicago City

By United States Supreme Court

  • Release Date: 1866-12-01
  • Genre: Law
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ERROR to the Circuit Court for the Northern District of Illinois. This was an action on the case brought by the city of Chicago against Robbins. The declaration alleged that the city had by law exclusive control over the public streets and was bound to protect them from encroachment and injury. That Robbins owned a lot on the corner of Wells and Water Streets, and wrongfully 'dug, opened, and made' an area in the sidewalk adjoining, and left it so unguarded that one Woodbury fell into it and was severely injured; that Woodbury had recovered, for his injuries, $15,000 damages against the city, which sum the city had paid, and which, though the city had been primarily liable for it, Robbins was bound to refund. Plea, the general issue.

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