maritime tort – committed within admiralty jurisdiction (on navigable waters)

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maritime tort:

1. Any tort within the admiralty jurisdiction. [1]

1`. An injury to person or property of which admiralty will take jurisdiction because of its origin on navigable waters in a maritime matter, including torts resulting from malfeasance or negligence, as well as those committed by direct force. 2 Am J2d Adm §§ 77 et seq.; 48 Am J1st Ship § 531.

So long as a tort is committed on navigable waters, it is not essential to its classification as a maritime tort that it be committed on board a vessel. Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co. v O’Hearne (CA4 Va) 192 F2d 968. [2]

1. An injury to person or property of which admiralty courts will take jurisdiction because it occurred on navigable waters. [3]


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition
 by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

[3]:  Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition
by Jack Ballantine 
(James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.


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