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The meaning of contribution
5.1 History of contribution?
5.1.1 Common law contribution
Contribution at common law 1 claims date as far back as 1380. 2 In the early case of Gebhardt v Saunders 3
the plaintiff, who was the occupier of the house, sought to recover from the defendants, who were the landlord and owners, for costs and expenses incurred for abating the nuisance which was caused by the structural defect in the drains. The plaintiff had to pay a penalty if there was a default in compliance with the requisitions in the notice issued under s4(1) Public Health (London) Act 1891. Charles J 4 stated:
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