Langridge v Levy: ExP 1836

A man sold a gun which he knew to be dangerous for the use of the purchaser’s son. The gun exploded in the son’s hands.
Held: The son had a right of action in tort against the gunmaker, but, Parke B said: ‘We should pause before we made a precedent by our decision which would be an authority for an action against the vendors, even of such instruments and articles as are dangerous in themselves, at the suit of any person whomsoever into whose hands they might happen to pass, and who should be injured thereby.’
References: (1837) 2 M and W 519, [1837] EngR 156, (1837) 150 ER 863
Links: lip, Commonlii
Judges: Parke B
This case is cited by:

  • Restricted – Longmeid v Holliday 1851
    A defective lamp was sold to a man whose wife was injured by its explosion. The seller of the lamp, against whom the action was brought, was not the manufacturer.
    Held: No general duty of care was owed by a manufacturer of a lamp to a user.
    ((1851) 6 Ex 761, [1851] EngR 583, , (1851) 6 Exch 761, (1851) 155 ER 752)
  • Distinguished – Donoghue (or M’Alister) v Stevenson HL 26-May-1932
    Decomposed Snail in Drink – Liability
    The appellant drank from a bottle of ginger beer manufactured by the defendant. She suffered injury when she found a half decomposed snail in the liquid. The glass was opaque and the snail could not be seen. The drink had been bought for her by a . .
    ([1932] AC 562, [1932] SC (HL) 31, [1932] ScLT 317, [1932] All ER Rep 1, (1932) 101 LJPC 119, (1932) 147 LT 281, [1932] SLT 317, (1932) 48 TLR 494, (1932) 37 Com Cas 350, , [1932] UKHL 100, [1932] Sol Jo 396, [1932] WN 139, [1932] SC 31, (1933) 4 DLR 337, 533 CA 47)
  • Cited – Blacker v Lake and Elliot Ld HL 1912
    A brazing lamp which, by exploding owing to a latent defect, injured a person other than the purchaser of it, and the vendor was held not liable to the party injured. The House considered earlier cases on liability for defectively manufactured . .
    ((1912) 106 LT 533)
  • Cited – Francis v Cockrell CEC 1870
    The plaintiff was injured by the fall of a stand on a racecourse, for a seat in which he had paid. The defendant was part proprietor of the stand and acted as receiver of the money. The stand had been negligently erected by a contractor, though the . .
    ((1870) LR 5 QB 501)
  • Cited – Cavalier v Pope HL 22-Jun-1906
    The wife of the tenant of a house let unfurnished sought to recover from the landlord damages for personal injuries arising from the non-repair of the house, on the ground that the landlord had contracted with her husband to repair the house.
    ([1906] AC 428, , [1906] UKHL 1)
  • Explained – Collis v Selden 1868
    The defendant installed a chandelier in a public house. It fell and injured the plaintiff.
    Held: There was nothing to say that the defendant had any knowledge that the plaintiff, as opposed to members of the public in general, would enter the . .
    ((1868) L R 3 C P 495)
  • See Also – Levy v Langridge 1838
    . .
    (, [1838] EngR 164, (1838) 4 M and W 337, (1838) 150 ER 1458)

These lists may be incomplete.
Last Update: 27 November 2020; Ref: scu.192604