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One to whom Personal Property is entrusted for a particular purpose by another, the bailor, according to the terms of an express or implied agreement.



West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

bailee (custodian)

n. a person with whom some article is left, usually pursuant to a contract (called a "contract of bailment"), who is responsible for the safe return of the article to the owner when the contract is fulfilled. These can include banks holding bonds, storage companies where furniture or files are deposited, a parking garage, or a kennel or horse ranch where an animal is boarded. Leaving goods in a sealed rented box like a safe deposit box, is not a bailment, and the holder is not a bailee since he cannot handle or control the goods. (See: bailment, bailor)

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Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

BAILEE, contracts. One to whom goods are bailed.
     2. His duties are to act in good faith he is bound to use extraordinary diligence in those contracts or bailments, where he alone receives the benefit, as in loans; he must observe ordinary diligence of those bailments, which are beneficial to both parties, as hiring; and he will be responsible for gross negligence in those bailments which are only for the benefit of the bailor, is deposit and mandate. Story's Bailm. Sec. 17, 18, 19. He is bound to return the property as soon as the purpose for which it was bailed shall have been accomplished.
     3. He has generally a right to retain and use the thing bailed, according to the contract, until the object of the bailment shall have been accomplished.
     4. A bailee with a mere naked authority, having a right to remuneration for his trouble, but coupled with no other interest, may support trespass for any injury, amounting to a trespass, done while he was in the actual possession of the thing. 4 Bouv. Inst. n. 3608.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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And, except for notifying the carrier or other bailee to stop delivery of its goods, the seller should take no further action to recover its goods without first moving for relief in the bankruptcy court.
A seller loses its right to stop delivery of goods in transit when (a) the buyer received the goods; (b) a bailee, other than a carrier, acknowledges to the buyer that it is holding the goods for the buyer; (c) a carrier transporting the goods acknowledges to the buyer that the carrier is holding the goods for the buyer by either reshipping them according to the buyer's instruction or holding them as the buyer's warehouse; or (d) a negotiable document of title for the goods has been issued or negotiated to the buyer, or a non-negotiable document has been issued to someone other than the seller.
The primary judge dismissed Mr and Mrs Da Rocha's claim, holding that Mr and Mrs Da Rocha had an obligation to deliver up vacant possession of the property on execution of the warrant and that a mortgagee who found himself in the possession of chattels on execution of a warrant for possession was in law an involuntary bailee. The duty of an involuntary bailee was to do what was right and reasonable, the practical effect of which depended upon the findings of fact in each case.
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The purchaser remains the trustee/ bailee on behalf of the financier or the financial institution, it added.