n Without Prejudice - Snail in the ginger beer : not the law reports

Volume 13, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 1681-178X



The Association of French Chefs v Butterworths Law Publishers

The Association of French Chefs has sued a well-known law book publisher for propagating the calumny that gingered snails are to be avoided. One of the best known cases of wrongfully caused damages in English law is which was a judgement of the House of Lords in England in 1932. Mrs Donoghue sued a Paisley (a town in Renfrewshire county, Scotland) ginger beer manufacturer, Mr Stevenson, after allegedly drinking some ginger beer from an opaque bottle in which a decomposed snail was subsequently found. She claimed that three days later she still suffered from gastroenteritis and shock.

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