No. 71-1136.

485 F.2d 252 (1973)

James J. OPPEN et al., Plaintiffs, Arthur J. Luck and Glenn A. Henry, Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. AETNA INSURANCE CO. et al., Defendants, Union Oil Co. of Calif., et al., Defendants-Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

September 20, 1973.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

James J. Oppen (argued), Santa Barbara, Cal., for plaintiffs-appellants.

Max K. Jamison (argued), McCutchen, Black, Verleger & Shea, Richard B. Goethals (argued), Schell & Delamer, Girard E. Boudreau, Jr. (argued), Allyn O. Kreps, A. Robert Pisano, Richard H. Zahm, Douglas C. Gregg, George C. Bond, Sam A. Snyder, O'Melveny & Myers, Roger A. Ferree, Robert K. Wrede, Alfred T. Smith, McCutchen, Black, Verleger & Shea, Walter O. Schell, Thomas J. Kelley, Jr., Miles W. Newby, Jr., B. J. Roose, Schell & Delamer, Los Angeles, Cal., for defendants-appellees.

Before HAMLEY and WRIGHT, Circuit Judges, and POWELL, District Judge.

EUGENE A. WRIGHT, Circuit Judge:

In this appeal we must decide whether plaintiffs may recover certain damages caused by the Santa Barbara oil spill disaster of 1969. Preliminary questions are whether general maritime law applies to plaintiffs' claims and, if so, whether the application of maritime law precludes the plaintiffs from recovering under state law. A panel of three special masters1 took the evidence by stipulation and concluded...

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