From our private database of 36,900+ case briefs...
Bas v. Tingy
United States Supreme Court
4 U.S. (4 Dall.) 37 (1800)
From 1798 to 1800, conflict began to mount between the United States and France. In response, Congress passed a number of statutes permitting American naval action against France on the high seas. A 1798 act allowed for the recapture of U.S.-owned vessels from the French and for the vessels’ return to their former owners upon payment of a salvage value of one-eighth the full value. Later, a 1799 act stated that if the ships were recaptured from the enemy more than 96 hours later, owners were entitled to one-half of the full value. On April 21, 1799, Captain Tingy (plaintiff), the commander of the ship Ganges recaptured the Eliza, which belonged to John Bas (defendant) and had been captured by a French vessel on March 31, 1799. After returning the ship to Bas, Tingy brought an action for the salvage value, arguing that he was entitled to one-half of the full value, as provided by the 1799 act, while Bas argued Tingy was only entitled to one-eighth the value, as provided by the 1798 act. The circuit court ruled that Tingy was entitled to half the value. Bas appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Washington, J.)
Concurrence (Paterson, J.)
Concurrence (Chase, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 629,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee
Here's why 629,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 36,900 briefs, keyed to 984 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.