Rasco P/L (ACN 004 496 244) and Lucas, John [2017] VSC 703

TRESPASS, INJUNCTIONS, DAMAGES
Judgment type: 
Supreme Court of Victoria
Judge(s): 
McMillan J
Parties: 

Rasco P/L (ACN 004 496 244) and Lucas, John

Judgment Date: 
28 November 2017
Catchwords: 

TRESPASS - Trespass to land - Where defendant committed several and repeated trespasses to plaintiff's land - Appropriate remedy - Prima facie entitlement to injunction - Plenty v Dillon (1991) 171 CLR 635.

INJUNCTIONS - Quia timet injunction - Where plaintiff seeks injunction to prevent future trespass - Whether defendant likely to cause immediate and substantial damage - Where 'substantial damage' means 'real interference' with plaintiff's - rights - Whether absolute and unambiguous injunction appropriate - Mayfair Trading Co Pty Ltd v Dreyer (1958) 101 CLR 428 - Break Fast Investments Pty Ltd v PCH Melbourne Pty Ltd (2007) 20 VR 311 - Apotex Pty Ltd v Les Laboratoires Servier (No 2) (2012) 293 ALR 272; [2012] FCA 748.

DAMAGES - Appropriate measure of damages - Damages for tort compensatory - Damages must be fair and reasonable - Where plaintiff entitled to return land to condition before defendant's trespasses - Reinstatement damages awarded - Powercor Australia Ltd v Thomas (2012) 43 VR 220 - Winky Pop Pty Ltd v Mobil Refining Australia Pty Ltd [2016] VSCA 187.

Citation: 
[2017] VSC 703