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A common-law action to recover damages for property illegally withheld or wrongfully converted to use by another.

[From Anglo-Norman, to compose, invent, find, probably from Vulgar Latin *tropāre; see troubadour.]
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(Law) law (formerly) the act of wrongfully assuming proprietary rights over personal goods or property belonging to another
[C16: from Old French, from trover to find; see trouvère, troubadour]
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(ˈtroʊ vər)

n. Law.
an action for the recovery of the value of personal property seized or appropriated by another.
[1585–95; < Middle French, Old French: to find, probably < Vulgar Latin *tropāre to compose, invent, derivative of Latin tropus trope; compare contrive]
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A prudent person would, however, have taken proper advantage of the ignorance of this fellow, and would not have offered more than a shilling, or perhaps sixpence, for it; nay, some perhaps would have given nothing, and left the fellow to his action of trover, which some learned serjeants may doubt whether he could, under these circumstances, have maintained.
Candidates unopposed are Marleis trover (Johnson County) and Jean Chamness (Franklin).
This case followed a successful action in trover, where it emerged, after the judgment, that the disputed property was not held by either party, but by one of the witnesses at the original action.
The list excludes actions of trover (104) and instead emphasizes
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The reorganized Troverco will benefit from owner Joseph Trover's recent re-entrance to the food manufacturing market with Triple Sticks Foods; a sandwich manufacturing operation based in Belleville, IL (
Trover Family Foundation, $11,000; Children's Trust Fund, $12,500; The Collins Foundation, $40,000; Cressey Family Charitable Trust, $3,500; BPOE 1904 (Elks Club), $750; Emergency Food and Shelter Program, $2,000; Eugene Active 20-30 Club, $1,500; Gerald and Veronica Walton, $300; Great Rotary raffle, $40,000; Lane County Department of Human Services, $196,057; Lane County Human Services Commission, $55,663; McKay Family Foundation, $20,000; Northwest Community Credit Union, $5,000; Storms Family Foundation, $5,000; TWANDA Foundation, $2,000; United Way of Lane County, $25,000; Wells Fargo Foundation, $1,000; Western Oregon University, $1,500.
A similar story can be told about trover and conversion as methods to determine title to chattels.
and trover (to recover damages for the conversion of chattel).
Barton is co-founder and executive chairman of the board of Zillow Group, a real estate marketplace, and co-founder and non-executive chairman of the boards of, a salary and reviews website for companies, and Trover, a mobile discovery network.
(3) In that case, Delamirie had taken and kept a jewel from a chimney sweep's boy who had found it, and was sued in trover. The jury was directed that "unless the defendant did produce the jewel, and show it not to be of the finest water, they should presume the strongest against him, and make the value of the best jewels the measure of their damages".