What is trover?

Trover

Trover is a form of lawsuit in common-law countries for recovery of damages for wrongful taking of personal property. Trover belongs to a series of remedies for such wrongful taking, its distinctive feature being recovery only for the value of whatever was taken, not for the recovery of the property itself (see replevin).

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Conversion (law) - History of Conversion
... The literature frequently laps over into that of trover ... Otherwise, conversion had its origin in the common law action in trover, as a branch of action on the case ... There is a distinction between trover and conversion ...
Detinue - Alternatives To Replevin
... replevin was a more appropriate remedy than either trespass or trover in which only damages could be recovered ... seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the action of trover, which had largely replaced trespass for wrongful distress ... Replevin and trover never completely coincided, because there was a limitation on replevin ...
Conversion (law) - Property Subject To Conversion
... Land could not be the subject of an action in trover, since it could not be lost, then found and converted ... No action in trover could be had ... from the land, these became personal property, and trover could be entertained because of removal from the land ...
Haslem V. Lockwood
... is an important United States case in property, tort, conversion, trover and nuisance law ... The plaintiff sued the defendant in trover demanding payment for the price of the manure ... the plaintiff was entitled to it by reason of trover ...