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Powell V Kempton Race course - Ejusdem Generis
Powell an illegal bookmaker was charged with an offence of running an illegal betting shop, he set up a stall at a race course. The Act said it was an offence if D's stall was classed as "House, Office, Room or other place".
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Allen v Emerson - Ejusdem Generis
Concerning whether a 'funfair' was a place of amusement. The act said 'theatre or other place of public entertainment'. There must be at least two specific words in a list before the general word or phrase for this rule to operate.
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Tempest v Kilner - Express Wording
The judge had to consider whether "goods, wares and merchandise" listed in Statute of Frauds 1677 applied to sale of stocks and shares.
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Inland Revenue Commissioners v Frere (1965) - Noscitur a sociis
The IR wanted F to pay tax on his savings every month. The Act said tax was due on "other annual interest". It stated in the same section of the Act "interest" should be charged annually.
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Bromley LBC v GLC (1982) - Noscitur a sociis
Bromley Council wanted to operate a cheap bus fare scheme which resulted in the GLC running at a loss. The Act said bus routes should be run "economically". The court looked at the Act which said "economic" meant along the lines of business.
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Inhabitant of Sedgley, R v (1831) - Express Wording
A statute raised taxes on "lands, houses and coalmines". The taxes did not apply to limestone mines as these were not specifically mentioned nor did the statute suggest that it would apply to other types of mines.
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Concerning whether a 'funfair' was a place of amusement. The act said 'theatre or other place of public entertainment'. There must be at least two specific words in a list before the general word or phrase for this rule to operate.

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Allen v Emerson - Ejusdem Generis

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The judge had to consider whether "goods, wares and merchandise" listed in Statute of Frauds 1677 applied to sale of stocks and shares.

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The IR wanted F to pay tax on his savings every month. The Act said tax was due on "other annual interest". It stated in the same section of the Act "interest" should be charged annually.

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Bromley Council wanted to operate a cheap bus fare scheme which resulted in the GLC running at a loss. The Act said bus routes should be run "economically". The court looked at the Act which said "economic" meant along the lines of business.

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