Butler v. Boston & Savannah Steamship Co. - 130 U.S. 527 (1889)


U.S. Supreme Court

Butler v. Boston & Savannah Steamship Co., 130 U.S. 527 (1889)

Butler v. Boston and Savannah Steamship Company

Nos. 244, 340

Argued April 10-11, 1889

Decided April 22, 1889

130 U.S. 527

APPEALS FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE UNITED

STATES FOR THE DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS

Syllabus

The provision in Rev.Stat. § 4283, limiting the liability of the owner of a vessel, applies to cases of personal injury and death as well as to cases of loss of or injury to property.

Page 130 U. S. 528

When proceedings have been properly begun in admiralty by the owner of a vessel to limit his liability under Rev.Stat. § 4283, and monitions have issued and been published, it becomes the duty of all claimants, whether for loss of property or injury to the person or loss of life, to have the liability of the owner contested in that suit, and an allegation that the owner himself was in fault does not affect the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the cause of limited liability.



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