Maritime Lawsuits

In the event of an admiralty case being heard within state court, the state is required, by a doctrine called the "Reverse-Erie Doctrine," to strictly adhere to admiralty and maritime law, even if it opposes the general laws of the state. In contrast, the Erie Doctrine also calls for federal cases to apply state laws when within a particular state. This interchangeable law is crucial to some maritime lawsuits. While many people have no trouble finding information, when concerning maritime lawsuits, it is advisable to consult with an attorney prior to taking any action.

Fast Facts

  • Joint and several liability simply states if two or more people contribute loss or harm, they all carry the same accountability for their actions.
  • Even if a state outlaws Joint and Several Liability, the state must apply its rules if hearing and admiralty case.

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