Attorney(s) appearing for the Case
Roy C. Dripps argued the cause for petitioner. With him on the briefs was Gail G. Renshaw.
James V. O'Brien argued the cause and filed a brief for respondent.
O'Connor, J., delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court.
United States Supreme Court.
Justice O'Connor, delivered the opinion of the Court.
This case concerns a seaman's ability to sue a vessel owner in state court for personal injuries sustained aboard a vessel. Federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction over admiralty and maritime claims, but the jurisdictional statute "sav[es] to suitors in all cases all other remedies to which they are otherwise entitled." 28 U. S. C. § 1333(1). Another statute grants vessel owners the right to seek limited...
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