„Although the decisions of the American Courts are of course not binding on us, yet the sound and enlightened views of American lawyers in the administration and development of the law—a law, except so far as altered by statutory enactment, derived from a common source with our own—entitle their decisions to the utmost respect and confidence on our part.“

—  Sir Alexander Cockburn, 12th Baronet, Scaramanga v. Stamp (1880), L. R. 5 Com. PI. Div. 303.
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