Defendants claimed authority under a warrant from the Secretary of State; broke into the plaintiff’s house and took some papers. P sued in trespass.
Does any invasion of property constitute trespass?
Any invasion of property is actionable in trespass unless there is a law excusing the invasion. No need to show damages.
Every invasion of property is trespass. If a person admits to the invasion, he must justify it with a law that excuses him. If no law can be found, P’s action is successful.