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The use of property in such a way that it violates another property owner's expectation of an orderly living environment. For example, a person may refrain from mowing his lawn for so long that field mice infest his yard. This may be a nuisance if the field mice wander over to the neighbors' yards.
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An activity that arises from the unreasonable, unwarranted, or unlawful use of one's own property resulting in an obstruction or injury to another property owner or to the public and producing such material annoyance, inconvenience, and discomfort that the law will presume resulting damage.It may consist of noise,smoke,odors,pollution,vibration,interference with rights of passage, maintaining an offensive business, discharge of water, or maintaining a building in a manner that makes it unsafe for others because of falling debris or because of rats or vermin.(Do not confuse with attractive nuisance, a theory of negligence liability for maintaining features attractive to children but likely to harm them.)

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(11) And, if the prosecutor himself were to pursue an action for public nuisance on a contingent fee basis, the response would be swift and certain; no one would tolerate a prosecutor having a financial interest in the outcome of the litigation.
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Salda's order closing dung stores at Barangay Shilan in La Trinidad was based on a local court injunction in 2009, later affirmed by the Court of Appeals, which described the trade and storage of chicken dung within the town as a public nuisance.
Cook, of Ladykirk Road, in Benwell, Newcastle, was arrested and appeared at South East Northumberland Magistrates' Court, where he pleaded not guilty to one count of causing a public nuisance.
Vale of Glamorgan council turned down Welshfest's licence application last Friday, but said it is supportive of events which carry no risk of public nuisance or crime.
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