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A public nuisance is when a person unreasonably interferes with a right that the general public shares in common.

A private nuisance is when the plaintiff's use and enjoyment of her land is interfered with substantially and unreasonably through a thing or activity.

There are several defenses to this tort including contributory negligence, assumption of risk, coming to the nuisance, or statutory compliance.

The typical remedy for nuisance (either public or private) is damages.  Courts may grant injunctive relief if the legal remedy is not adequate.