United Zinc & Chemical Co. v. Britt

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United Zinc & Chemical Co. v. Britt
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Submitted March 13, 1922
Decided March 27, 1922
Full case name United Zinc & Chemical Co. v. Britt
Citations 258 U.S. 268 (more)
Prior history Kans.Gen.Stats., 1915, §7323, 7324
264 F.7d 5 (8th Cir.)
Judgement reversed.
Court membership
Chief Justice
William H. Taft
Associate Justices
Joseph McKenna · Oliver W. Holmes, Jr.
William R. Day · Willis Van Devanter
Mahlon Pitney · James C. McReynolds
Louis Brandeis · George Sutherland
Case opinions
Majority Holmes
Dissent Clarke, joined by Taft, Day

United Zinc & Chemical Co. v. Britt, 258 U.S. 268 (1922), was a case decided by the Supreme Court of the United States that limited liability for landowners regarding injuries to child trespassers.


The court held that a landowner was not liable under the attractive nuisance doctrine if the child had not been attracted to the land by the condition that injured him. This case has since been overturned.

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