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Jackson v. The Magnolia
United States Supreme Court
61 U.S. 296, 15 L.Ed. 909 (1858)
The Wetumpka was a steamboat that engaged in commerce between the ports of New Orleans, Louisiana, and Montgomery, Alabama. The Magnolia (defendant) was a steamboat that ran between Montgomery and Mobile, Alabama. The Wetumpka was traveling up the Alabama River, approximately 200 miles inland, when it was struck and sunk by the Magnolia, which was traveling downstream. The Wetumpka’s owner, Thomas Jackson (plaintiff) sued the Magnolia in federal district court under admiralty law. The Magnolia challenged the admiralty jurisdiction. The district court dismissed the case for lack of jurisdiction, and Jackson appealed directly to the United States Supreme Court.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Grier, J.)
Dissent (Daniel, J.)
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