No. 31.

389 U.S. 191 (1967)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided December 4, 1967.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Lucian Y. Ray argued the cause for petitioners. With him on the briefs were Benjamin W. Yancey, George B. Matthews, Tom F. Phillips and J. Barbee Winston.

Alan S. Rosenthal argued the cause for the United States. With him on the brief were Acting Solicitor General Spritzer and Acting Assistant Attorney General Eardley.

E. D. Vickery, Alexander B. Hawes and Scott H. Elder filed a brief for the American Waterways Operators, Inc., et al., as amici curiae, urging reversal.

MR. JUSTICE FORTAS delivered the opinion of the Court.

Two cases, consolidated by the trial court and raising related issues, are here involved. In United States v. Cargill, Inc., the Government asked that parties responsible for the allegedly negligent sinking of a vessel in an inland waterway be declared responsible for removing the impediment to navigation thus created. In United States v. Wyandotte Transportation Co. the United States...

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