No. 455.

324 U.S. 30 (1945)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided February 5, 1945.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Mr. Morris Lavine for petitioners.

Mr. Harold A. Black, with whom Messrs. Farnham P. Griffiths and Allan P. Matthew were on the brief, for respondent.

MR. CHIEF JUSTICE STONE delivered the opinion of the Court.

The question is whether, in the absence of the adoption of any guiding policy by the Executive branch of the government, the federal courts should recognize the immunity from a suit in rem in admiralty of a merchant vessel solely because it is owned though not possessed by a friendly foreign government.

Respondent, owner and master of the Lottie Carson, an American fishing vessel, filed a libel in...

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