The defendant in an action for wrongful interference with goods is entitled to show that a third party has a better right than the claimant as respects all or any part of the interest claimed by the claimant, or in right of which he sues1. These provisions appear to abolish the common law rule that a bailee is estopped from denying his bailor's title, although the bailee's estoppel may be preserved when the bailee sues otherwise than in tort; and it has also been suggested that, in order to rely upon the statutory defence, the bailee must join the
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