Nuisance Self-Quiz

 

 

 

 

 

Rawhide, Inc. builds a tannery in Curley’s neighborhood. The tannery gives off foul odors that Curley can smell from his property. If Curley sues the tannery for nuisance, he will probably recover:
True
False
Sonar, Inc., is a manufacturer of special equipment used by marine biologists. One of their leading products is a machine that simulates the calls of wild humpback whales. Each piece of equipment can make several high frequency sounds that are not audible to the human ear. In order to ensure the quality of their equipment, Sonar tests each piece of equipment several times. These tests involve testing the range of sound that each piece of equipment makes. Therefore, dozens of high frequency sound waves are emitted from Sonar’s manufacturing plant every day. Not knowing of the high frequency sounds, TopBreed Inc., opens a dog breeding school next door to Sonar. The high frequency noises, while not audible to humans are audible and very disturbing, to dogs. The sound waves cause the dog to howl for hours every day and interfere with TopBreed’s business. If TopBreed brings an action against Sonar to recover damages for interfering with TopBreed’s business, TopBreed will:
Choice 1 Lose, because TopBreed came to the nuisance after Sonar had already been there
Choice 2 Lose, because TopBreed’s business is abnormally sensitive to the sound waves
Choice 3 Win, because the sound waves represent a trespass onto TopBreed’s property
Choice 4 Win, because the sound waves have seriously interfered with TopBreed’s business

 

 

An oil tanker belonging to PetroCorp runs aground and causes a massive oil spill that damages several miles of the Massachusetts coastline. As a result, several public beaches are rendered unusable to the public. Hooper and Martin are avid surfers who like to hit the waves as often as they can. Because of the oil spill, they will not be able to surf for at least six months. They file suit against PetroCorp for nuisance. The court will hear their suit:
True
False
An oil tanker belonging to PetroCorp runs aground and causes a massive oil spill that damages several miles of the Massachusetts coastline. As a result, several public beaches are rendered unusable to the public. Hooper and Martin make their living harvesting clams and oysters at the various beaches in the area and their business has been destroyed as a result of the oil spill. They file suit against PetroCorp for nuisance. The court will hear their suit:
True
False
Rawhide, Inc. builds a tannery in Curley’s neighborhood. Before the tannery opens for business, Curley moves to another neighborhood. However, he retains ownership of his property near the tannery. Curley leases out the property near the tannery to Mo. Once the tannery begins operating, it gives off foul odors that Mo can smell from his property. If Curley sues the tannery for nuisance, he will probably recover:
True
False
Tony and Carmella live in a house in New Jersey that they purchased for $250,000. The town has never had a garbage dump and the city government has spent millions of dollars over the years sending the town’s trash to a dump located in a different part of the state. In order to save money, the town contracts with Silvio, the president of a waste management company, to build and maintain a landfill at the edge of the town. Within six months, the landfill is operational. Eventually, as more and more of the town’s trash gets dumped into the landfill, the residents of the town are subjected to the odor that the landfill gives off. The odor is not constant but, on windy days, it is noticeable. As a result, the house that Tony and Carmella bought for $250,000 is reduced in value to $240,000. If Tony sues the town for nuisance, he will probably:
Choice 1 Win, because his house’s value has been reduced
Choice 2 Win, because Tony moved to the neighborhood before the landfill opened
Choice 3 Lose, because the odor is not constant
Choice 4 Lose, because benefits of the landfill outweigh the damage done to Tony
Ralphie is an avid collector of modern art. One of his favorite pieces is a sculpture made out of old soup cans, tin foil and duct tape. Ralphie places the sculpture in his backyard so that he can look at it whenever he sits on his porch. Unfortunately, Tony, who lives next door to Ralphie and who hates the sculpture, can also see it from his porch. In fact, Tony hates the sculpture so much that he does not go out onto his porch anymore. If Tony tries to get Ralphie to remove the sculpture by suing him for nuisance, Tony will probably win:
True
False
Rawhide, Inc. builds a tannery in Curley’s neighborhood. The tannery gives off foul odors that Curley can smell from his property. If Curley sues the tannery for nuisance and wins, the court will probably award:
Choice 1 Compensation for Curley’s damages
Choice 2 Nominal Damages
Choice 3 An injunction against the tannery
Choice 4 Nothing

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