Ward v. Thompson - 63 U.S. 330 (1859)
U.S. Supreme Court
Ward v. Thompson, 63 U.S. 22 How. 330 330 (1859)
Ward v. Thompson
63 U.S. (22 How.) 330
Where certain parties joined together to carry on an adventure in trade for their mutual benefit -- one contributing a vessel, and the other his skill, labor, experience &c. -- and there was to be a communion of profits on a fixed ratio, it was a contract over which a court of admiralty had no jurisdiction.
THIS was an appeal from the circuit court of the United States, sitting in admiralty, for the District of Michigan.
This was a libel filed by Eber B. Ward against Charles Thompson in the district court of the United States in a cause of contract, civil and maritime. The ground of the libel was the agreement which will presently be reported. The district court dismissed the libel, which decree was affirmed by the circuit court upon an appeal. The libellant brought the case up to this Court.