Woodenware Co. v. United States
106 U.S. 432 (1882)

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Woodenware Co. v. United States, 106 U.S. 432 (1882)

Woodenware Company v. United States

Decided December 18, 1882

106 U.S. 432

Syllabus

Where the plaintiff, in an action for timber cut and carried away from his land, recovers damages, the rule for assessing them against the defendant is

1. Where he is a willful trespasser, the full value of the property at the time and place of demand, or of suit brought, with no deduction for his labor and expense.

2. Where he is an unintentional or mistaken trespasser, or an innocent vendee from such trespasser, the value at the time of conversion, less the amount which he and his vendor have added to its value.

3. Where he is a purchaser without notice of wrong from a willful trespasser, the value at the time of such purchase.

The facts are stated in the opinion of the Court.

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