Trespass, Conversion and Nuisance: Definition and Examples


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Harvey returned home to find Sam, his neighbor, sawing a piece of wood in his garage. Harvey asked Sam to leave and not return. Sam ignored him and remained to finish cutting the planks. What type of tort action occurred?

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1. Out for a joy ride, a couple of bored teens steal a car. They stop at the local park and tell friends that it is their car. Unfortunately, none of them knew how to drive and subsequently crashed the car. What kind of tort action occurred?

2. Bunko is the neighborhood drunk. He stumbles around and sometimes falls into the community pool, but he is generally harmless. However, when he does fall into the pool, it causes swimmers to get out of his way. What's going on here?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Types of law that provide remedies for protecting property rights include trespass, conversion, and nuisance laws. These laws are discussed in this lesson, including types of trespass, what constitutes conversion, and the difference between public and private nuisance.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Examples of trespass
  • Situations involving conversion
  • Hypothetical instances of nuisance

Skills Practiced

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as trespass and nuisance
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of trespass and what kinds of trespass can be committed
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about conversion in a different light

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called Trespass, Conversion and Nuisance: Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define trespass to land and explain the three elements that constitute trespass
  • Know what intent means and how it applies to trespass law
  • Differentiate between trespass and trespass to chattel
  • Understand what conversion is and describe how the element of intent applies to conversion
  • Know what the legal tort of nuisance consists of
  • Differentiate between private nuisance and public nuisance