Palermo v. Luckenbach S.S. Co., Inc.
355 U.S. 20 (1957)

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Palermo v. Luckenbach S.S. Co., Inc., 355 U.S. 20 (1957)

Palermo v. Luckenbach Steamship Co., Inc.

No. 350

Decided October 21, 1957

355 U.S. 20

ON PETITION FOR WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED

STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT

Syllabus

A jury awarded damages to petitioner, a longshoreman, for personal injuries sustained while working on a ship owned and operated by respondent. The Court of appeals reversed on the ground that the trial court had erred in refusing to charge the jury that petitioner was not entitled to any recovery if he voluntarily chose to use a passageway known by him to be unsafe and if there was any other passageway known by him to be safe.

Held: certiorari is granted, the judgment is reversed, and the case is remanded.

(a) The trial court did not commit reversible error in refusing to grant such an instruction.

(b) Petitioner's alleged choice of a more dangerous route did not, under the proofs, operate to bar recovery as a matter of law.

(c) The jury was properly instructed that petitioner's negligence, if any, was to be considered in mitigation of damages under the rule applicable in actions for personal injuries arising from maritime torts.

246 F.2d 557 reversed and remanded.

PER CURIAM.

The petition for certiorari is granted, and the judgment of the Court of Appeals is reversed, and the case is remanded. * We hold that the trial court did not commit reversible error in refusing to charge respondent's request

Page 355 U. S. 21

No. 12. The petitioner's alleged choice of a more dangerous route did not, under the proofs, operate to bar recovery as a matter of law. The jury was properly instructed that the petitioner's negligence, if any, was to be considered in mitigation of damages under the rule applicable in actions for personal injuries arising from maritime torts. Pope & Talbot, Inc. v. Hawn,346 U. S. 406, 346 U. S. 408-409; cf. Socony-Vacuum Oil Co. v. Smith,305 U. S. 424.

For reasons set forth in his opinion in Rogers v. Missouri Pacific R. Co.,352 U. S. 500, 352 U. S. 524, MR. JUSTICE FRANKFURTER is of the view that the writ of certiorari is improvidently granted.

[For memorandum of MR. JUSTICE HARLAN, joined by MR. JUSTICE BURTON and MR JUSTICE WHITTAKER, see ante, p. 355 U. S. 19.]

* [Amended, post, p. 910, to provide for remand of the case to the Court of Appeals.]

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