What is the definition of a chose in action?

Alberta, Canada


The following excerpt is from Gaumont v. Luz, 1980 ABCA 155 (CanLII):

The usual definition of a chose in action is derived from that stated by Channell J. in Torkington v. Magee (1902) 2 K.B. 427 at 430. "Chose in action is a known legal expression used to describe all personal rights of property which can only be claimed or enforced by action and not in taking physical possession."

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