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Lauro Lines s.r.l. v. Chasser

United States Supreme Court
490 U.S. 495 (1989)


Chasser and other individuals (plaintiffs) were passengers aboard Lauro’s cruise ship (defendant) when it was hijacked by terrorists, and brought suit in the District Court for the Southern District of New York against Lauro for injuries sustained and the wrongful death of another passenger. Citing a forum selection clause printed on the tickets, Lauro moved to dismiss. The district court held that the ticket did not give passengers reasonable notice and denied the motion to dismiss. Lauro sought to appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which dismissed Lauro’s appeal on the ground that the district court’s decision was interlocutory, did not fall within the exception for collateral final orders, and was thus not appealable.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Brennan, J.)

Concurrence (Scalia, J.)

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