Panama Mail Steamship Co. v. Vargas
281 U.S. 670 (1930)

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Panama Mail Steamship Co. v. Vargas, 281 U.S. 670 (1930)

Panama Mail Steamship Co. v. Vargas

No. 425

Argued April 23, 24, 1930

Decided June 2, 1930

281 U.S. 670

Syllabus

Where the district court gave a decree in admiralty for damages on doubtful and conflicting evidence, without delivering an opinion or making any finding of fact other than might be implied in the decree, and affirmance by the court of appeals was based solely upon the ground that appellate courts, in the absence of plain error, refuse to review decisions of trial courts upon conflicting testimony taken before them, this Court, being unable to determine from the record upon what premise of fact or law the decree of the District Court was based, held that both decrees below should be vacated and the case remanded to the district court with a direction to make specific findings of fact, retrying the case if necessary, and to take such further proceedings as might be in conformity with law. P. 281 U. S. 671.

33 F.2d 894 reversed.

Certiorari, 280 U.S. 546, to review a decree of the circuit court of appeals affirming a recovery of damages for an assault alleged to have been committed upon a passenger aboard ship by a ship's steward.

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