United States v. Causby

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United States v. Causby
by the Supreme Court of the United States

United States v. Causby 328 U.S. 256 (1946) was an important United States Supreme Court that held that the ancient common law doctrine of ad coelum had no legal effect "in the modern world." In the case, Causby sued the United States for trespassing on his land, complaining specifically about how fly-bys from a local airbase had frightened his chickens. They had flown into a wall and died as a result, and Causby wanted to enforce his right. Excerpted from United States v. Causby on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Court Documents

United States Supreme Court

328 U.S. 256

United States  v.  Causby

 Argued: May 1, 1946. --- Decided: May 27, 1946

Military airplanes are subject to rules of Civil Aeronautics Board where there are no army or navy regulations to the contrary.

Mr. Walter J. Cummings, Jr., of Washington, D.C., for petitioner.

Mr. William E. Comer, of Greensboro, N.C., for respondent.

[Argument of Counsel from page 257 intentionally omitted]

Mr. Justice DOUGLAS delivered the opinion of the Court.


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