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Revocability Of Licenses - The Rule Of Wood V. Leadbitter, Ralph W. Aigler Jan 1915

Revocability Of Licenses - The Rule Of Wood V. Leadbitter, Ralph W. Aigler

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That a mere license purporting to create in the licensee a new right or privilege is revocable at law at the will of the licensor seems to have been definitely settled in England by Wood v. Leadbitter, 13 M. & W. 838 (1845). It was there held that the plaintiff who had entered the close of the defendant's master after the purchase of a proper ticket could be forcibly ousted, notice having been first given that he should leave. The only remedy open to the ousted ticket holder-in law at least-no excessive violence1 having been used, is to sue for breach of the contract. The rule of Wood v. Leadbitter has been almost uniformly followed by the American courts. Homey v. Nixon, 213 Pa. St. 20, 110 Am. St. Rep. 520, 1 L. R. A. (N. S.) 1184; Meisner v. Ferry Co., 154 Mich. 545; W. W. V. Co. v. Black, 113 Va. 728, 75 S. E. 82; Shubert v. Nixon Co., 83 N. J. L. 101, 83 Atl. 369; Taylor v. Cohn, 47 Ore. 538; Collister v. Hayman, 183 N. Y. 250; People v. Flynn, 189 N. Y. 180;, Buengle v. Amnus. Assoc., 29 R. I. 23, 14 ...