What is a Nuisance?

What is a Nuisance?

by / Thursday, 20 February 2014 / Published in Goodwin & Scieszka, Personal Injury

A nuisance is a private lawsuit based on negligence, intentional conduct or strict liability. A recent lawsuit made news in California concerning Sriracha – the popular hot sauce – after the company’s chili plant caused severe reactions among local residents.

Bottle of sriracha hot sauce

Processing over a million pounds of red chili peppers a year, neighbors complain of eye-watering, coughing, and having to retreat indoors as a result of the 2 year old factory’s intense hot chili pepper odor.

This is a perfect example of a nuisance — a severe annoyance which usually results in either money damages or an injunction. An injunction is a remedy that either forces or prohibits someone from doing something. In the Sriracha case, it was preventing the company from producing their sauce.

There are both private and public nuisances. The Sriracha case concerned public welfare and safety so this would be classified as a public nuisance. The city sued the company owner.

This area of law is interesting and not often discussed.

Have you been reading our blogs? We write about interesting legal stories, provide tips to avoid liability, and explain Michigan’s laws to paint a clearer picture of where you live and how the legal system works.

We are Goodwin & Scieszka: a Southfield, Michigan personal injury firm that’s been fighting for Michiganders for over 30 years. If you’ve been injured by a dog bite, a car accident, medical malpractice, a slip and fall or any other type of personal injury, contact our firm. We’re here for you when you need us most.

If you have been injured in any type of accident, contact us immediately by phone or email. You pay nothing until we take your case to trial or settle. With over 30 years of litigation experience representing the “little guy” against the largest insurance companies, corporations, and hospitals, we’ll get you the money you deserve.

Visit our website to find out more information on the services we provide and why we have been named Michigan Super Lawyers for the last eight years and Dbusiness’s Top Lawyers for the last three. Whatever your accident or injury, we are ready to Win Your Case!