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The Lottawanna

88 U.S. 558, 21 Wall. 558 (1874)

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The Lottawanna

United States Supreme Court

88 U.S. 558, 21 Wall. 558 (1874)

Facts

The Lottawanna, a Louisiana ship, received repairs in a New Orleans port. A lien was then put on The Lottawanna. The lien was challenged in the lower court on the ground that the United States Supreme Court held in The General Smith, 17 U.S. 438 (1819), that liens could not be placed on a ship receiving repairs within the state in which it belongs, unless the laws of the state recognized such liens. Louisiana did not recognize liens. The lower court upheld the ruling despite the The General Smith decision. The matter was appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Bradley, J.)

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