chapter  8
THE RULE IN RYLANDS v FLETCHER
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Traditionally, the rule in Rylands v Fletcher 1 has been regarded as a rule of strict liability. Liability is strict in cases where the defendant is liable for damage caused by his act, irrespective of any fault on his part, or, as it has been expressed, ‘where a man acts at his peril and is responsible for accidental harm, independently of the existence of either wrongful intent or negligence’.2