Sea-Land Services, Inc. v. Gaudet

PETITIONER: Sea-Land Services, Inc.
RESPONDENT: Gaudet
LOCATION: Detroit Public Schools

DOCKET NO.: 72-1019
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1972-1975)
LOWER COURT: United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

CITATION: 414 US 573 (1974)
ARGUED: Nov 07, 1973
DECIDED: Jan 21, 1974

ADVOCATES:
George W. Reese - for respondent
Stuart A. McClendon - for petitioner

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Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - November 07, 1973 in Sea-Land Services, Inc. v. Gaudet

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - January 21, 1974 in Sea-Land Services, Inc. v. Gaudet

William J. Brennan, Jr.:

In the second case, Sealand, the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that a recovery of damages by a longshoreman in his life time for injury suffered in a maritime accident did not bar his widow after his death for maintaining a wrongful death action based on allegations that his death was caused by his injury.

We affirm.

Mr. Justice Powell joined by the Chief Justice, Mr. Justice Stewart and Mr. Justice Rehnquist, dissents, and has filed a dissenting opinion.