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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.


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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17) Not only does the statute authorize civil actions to abate public nuisance conditions, it authorizes nongovernmental persons to be plaintiffs in the action along with the municipal government.
Originating in common law criminal prosecutions by the King to address encroachments upon the royal domain, public nuisance is more commonly a source of civil tort liability today.
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The attempt by plaintiffs' attorneys and state legal officers to stretch public nuisance theory far beyond its normal applications to avoid statutes of limitations and other requisite legal boundaries has now been summarily rebuked by the Rhode Island Supreme Court," said Thomas J.
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The city attorney plans to file more public nuisance lawsuits in the coming months, including cases targeting gang headquarters in the San Fernando Valley.
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The High Court's decision in Coleman v Power promised to provide the many defendants charged with offensive language, offensive behaviour and public nuisance with a means of contesting their charge.