Archawski v. Hanioti

350 U.S. 532, 76 S.Ct. 617, 100 L.Ed. 676, 1956 AMC 742 (1956)

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Archawski v. Hanioti

United States Supreme Court
350 U.S. 532, 76 S.Ct. 617, 100 L.Ed. 676, 1956 AMC 742 (1956)

Facts

Hanioti (defendant) owned the passenger ship City of Athens and advertised it as a common carrier for passengers for hire. A group of passengers (the passengers) (plaintiffs) booked passage with Hanioti on the City of Athens for a voyage from the United States to Europe. The voyage was canceled, and Hanioti failed to refund any of the money the passengers had paid for the voyage. The passengers sued Hanioti under admiralty law, alleging that Hanioti had breached their contract and also that Hanioti had defrauded the passengers and had been unjustly enriched by keeping the passage money for his own use. The district court held that this action fell within admiralty jurisdiction because the claim arose from a maritime contract. The court of appeals reversed the decision, holding that the claim did not fall under admiralty law because it dealt with the additional claims of fraud and unjust enrichment. The passengers appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Douglas, J.)

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