Berizzi Brothers Co. v. Steamship Pesaro - 271 U.S. 562 (1926)


U.S. Supreme Court

Berizzi Brothers Co. v. Steamship Pesaro, 271 U.S. 562 (1926)

Berizzi Brothers Co. v. Steamship Pesaro

No. 334

Argued May 7, 1926

Decided June 7, 1926

271 U.S. 562

Syllabus

A ship owned and possessed by a friendly foreign government, and operated by it in the carriage of merchandise for hire, in the interest and service of the nation, is a public ship, and is immune from arrest under process based on a libel in rem by a private suitor, and the district court has no jurisdiction of the case under Jud.Code, § 24, cl. 3, granting that court jurisdiction of "all civil causes of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction." P. 271 U. S. 570.

Affirmed.

Appeal from a decree of the district court in admiralty dismissing a libel in rem against a ship owned, possessed, and operated for trade purposes by the Italian government, for want of jurisdiction. See 277 F. 473.

Page 271 U. S. 569



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