Often in class, we discuss the difference between conversion and trespass to chattel. Often with trespass to chattel the owner seeks the return of the item and any damages to it. However, if the item is damaged heavily or destroyed, they are more likely to allege conversion. Such damage can be alleged if the item is not destroyed or broken but its continued use is obnoxious or practically barred. The example that I have given is someone stealing another person’s false teeth. Now, there is such a case. Click here for the story. Note also the close relationship to criminal and tort conversion in such a case.
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Additionally, when you look at the car, determine if the wheels are pointing towards one another. If they are, “positive toe” is the phrase mechanics use in order to describe this. For safe driving, the wheels should be parallel to one another. If they are, however, pointing away from each other, the mechanic would call this a “negative toe.”
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