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Trespass To Goods Conversion Notes

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* Conversion (originally know as trover) can be defined as an
intentional act of dealing with a chattel in a manner that is
inconsistent with the P's right to possession of the chattel so as to
amount to a denial of it
Difficult, if not impossible, to define
Generally, conversion can apply more widely than trespass; as
trespass protects possession, and conversion protects the right to
Dixon J in Penfold's :
o a dealing with a chattel in a manner repugnant to the
immediate right of possession of the person who has the
property or special property in the chattel. It may take the form
of a disposal of the goods by way of sale, or pledge ... of the
destruction or change in the nature or character of the thing, as
for example, pouring water into wine ...' (229).
Examples of conversion:
o Wrongful dealing with the goods
SS? intentional or reckless destruction of goods
SS? changing the nature or character of the goods
SS? unqualified refusal to deliver after demand
SS? qualified refusal where the qualifications is not
SS? unauthorised permanent transfer or disposal of goods,
whether by sale and delivery, or by a mistaken delivery
to a wrong person
Considerations: * Did the plaintiff have the requisite interest in the chattel at
the time of the defendant's act? * Was the nature of the defendant's act such that it ought to be
regarded as a conversion of the chattel


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