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  • Detention of goods (in the context of a cause of action)

    Detention of goods refers to the act of withholding from a lawfully entitled person the possession of land or goods to which they have an immediate right. Often there is a demand for return, followed by a refusal. It is governed by the Civil Liability Act in each state (in NSW, section 93 refers to judgments for detention of goods). Detention of goods often gives rise to a tortious claim of detinue.

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