Whitehorn Brothers v Davison: CA 1911

It is for the defrauded owner seeking to recover his goods to prove that the purchaser had actual or constructive knowledge of the fraud. The passing of a good title to an innocent purchaser applied when the owner had been induced by false pretences to deliver goods to the buyer on sale or return: ‘It is, I think, obtaining goods by false pretences where the owner, being induced thereto by a trick, voluntarily parts with the possession, and either intends to pass the property, or intends to confer a power to pass the property. If he gives, and intends to give, that power, and the power is exercised, the person who takes under the execution of the power obtains the property, not against, but by the authority of, the original owner, and none the less because the authority was obtained by fraud.’


Buckley LJ


[1911] 1 KB 463

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The question of whether notice of certain facts amounted to constructive notice of other facts is a question of law. Where it was claimed that a party should be exempt from liability under a document which it was claimed was signed because of . .
CitedDirector of Public Prosecutions v Gomez HL 3-Dec-1992
The defendant worked as a shop assistant. He had persuaded the manager to accept in payment for goods, two cheques which he knew to be stolen. The CA had decided that since the ownership of the goods was transferred on the sale, no appropriation of . .
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Updated: 29 April 2022; Ref: scu.197750