In common-law practice, the action of trover (or trover and conversion) is a species of action on the case, and originally lay for the recovery of damages against a person who had found another's goods and wrongfully converted them to his own use. Subsequently the allegation of the loss of the goods by the plaintiff and the finding of them by the defendant was merely fictitious, and the action became the remedy for any wrongful interference with or detention of the goods of another. In form a fiction; in substance, a remedy to recover the value of personal chattels wrongfully converted by another to his own use. Common-law form of action to recover value of goods or chattels by reason of an alleged unlawful interference with possessory right of another, by assertion or exercise of possession or dominion over the chattels, which is adverse and hostile to rightful possessor. L. F. Dommerich & Co. v. Bress, D.C.N.J., 280 F.Supp. 590, 598.
Such remedy lies only for wrongful appropriation of goods, chattels, or personal property which is specific enough to be identified.
See also conversion

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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