The snail that changed the law

After I preached on the parable of the Good Samaritan a few weeks ago, a member of my congregation told me about this story and forwarded this information to me. I find it interesting that in 1932 a judge could base a legal ruling on a verse from the Bible. I wonder if that could happen today?

How a case about a snail gave power to modern consumers and launched a million lawsuits.

This is the story of how our modern law of negligence came about all because of a fizzy drink.

And a mollusc from Paisley in Scotland.

The mollusc in question was a common snail that ended its days in a bottle of ginger beer. It made legal history in the 1932 case of Donoghue v Stevenson.

Read the rest here.

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Tim Chesterton

Family man; pastor of St. Margaret's Anglican Church on Ellerslie Road, Edmonton; storyteller; traditional folk musician and occasional songwriter. Email me at timchesterton at outlook dot com.

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