What was held in the case of Ashby v. White in regard to damages?

[Law of Torts] – In the leading case of Ashby v. White, which is illustrative of violation of an absolute right, the Court held that “Every injury imports a damage; though it does not cost the party one farthing, and it is impossible to prove the contrary; for a damage is not merely pecuniary, but an injury imports a damage, when a man is thereby hindered of his right. As in an action for slanderous words, though a man does not lose a penny by reason of the speaking them, yet he shall have an action. So if a man gives another a cuff on the ear, though it costs him nothing, not so much as a little diachylon (plaster), yet he shall have his action, for it is personal injury. So a man shall have an action against another for riding over his ground, though it does him no damage; for it is an invasion of his property and the other has no right to come there”.

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