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(1912) JELR 80287 (HL)    
House of Lords  ·  [1913] AC 107 ·  18 Nov 1912 ·  United Kingdom
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[1912] UKHL 3
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VISCOUNT HALDANE L.C,LORD MACNAGHTEN,LORD ATKINSON,LORD SHAW OF DUNFERMLINE,LORD MOULTON.
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furtherance of a trade dispute
trade union
sub-s
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respect of any tortious act
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regulation of trades unions
case of a trade union
vaughan williams l.j.
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cases of trade disputes
liability of the trustees of a trade union
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actionable character of any act
action of a multitude of individuals
course of this case
definition of the trade union acts
different view
first question
free trade unions
functions of a court of justice
ground of action
language of parliament
language of the statute
lead judgment
legal liability
merits of the conflicting points of view
much doubt
necessary conditions
only safe course
opinion of channell j.
particular section
plain words
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proper interpretation
rare thing
reason of the nature of their organization
second point
sections of the statute
such cases
such liability
trade union acts
trustees of a registered trade union
words of exception

VISCOUNT HALDANE L.C.(reading the lead judgment)

It is common knowledge that this gave rise to keen controversy as to whether the law required amendment. On the one hand it was contended that the principle laid down ought to remain undisturbed, because it simply imposed on the trade unions the legal liability for their actions which ought to accompany the immense powers which the Trade Union Acts had set them free to exercise. On the other side it was maintained that to impose such liability was, to subject their funds, which were held for benevolent purposes as well as for those of industrial battles, to undue risk. It was said that by reason of the nature of their organization and their responsibility in law for the action of a multitude of individuals who would be held in law to be their agents, but over whom it was not possible for them to exercise adequate control, they were, by the decision of this House, exposed to perils which must cripple their usefulness.

My Lords, we have hea…

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