Nuisance in tort is a fun doctrine:
After the Saturday episode the physician informed the defendant of his patient’s condition and predicted that the plaintiff would have further convulsions if the defendant rang the bell the next day. After receiving the warning, the defendant said he would ring his bell as usual the next day because he had no love for the plaintiff. He added that he would ring it even if his mother were ill. The next day the defendant rang his bell and the plaintiff suffered further damage
Sometimes you forget that there are a lot of frivolous cases out there, as well as cases that ensue only because most people are, at heart, dicks. The same doctrine covers the right to an easement for the light and air over one’s property. One might be surprised at exactly how many neighbors have sued each other for infringing upon a right to enjoy light and air because of a tree or new building extension that casts an unbearable shade upon land.
Sometimes one just has to sigh and wait for the day when one becomes a judge. I suspect a lot of my opinions will look something like “Stop being such a douchebag and play nice. Deal with it, dick.”