Alabama Code Title 6. Civil Practice. § 6-5-121

Nuisances are either public or private.  A public nuisance is one which damages all persons who come within the sphere of its operation, though it may vary in its effects on individuals.  A private nuisance is one limited in its injurious effects to one or a few individuals.  Generally, a public nuisance gives no right of action to any individual, but must be abated by a process instituted in the name of the state.  A private nuisance gives a right of action to the person injured.

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