Great American Ins. Co.; Vessel Pacific Princess v.

IN THE MATTER OF THE COMPLAINT OF
INTEROCEAN SHIPS, INC., OWNER AND
OPERATOR OF THE M/V "OCEAN PEARL,"
FOR EXONERATION FROM OR
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

High Court of American Samoa
Trial Division

CA 43-84

July 27, 1984

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This court has no jurisdiction to hear a petition for a limitation of liability which may be brought only in a United States district court.

Before GARDNER, Chief Justice, Presiding, TAUANU'U, Chief Associate Judge and OLO, Associate Judge.

GARDNER, C.J.

Interocean Ships, Inc., the vessel owner, filed a petition in the High Court of American Samoa for a limitation of liability pursuant to 46 U.S.C. section 183.

Title 46 U.S.C. section 185 allows a vessel owner to "petition a district court of the United States of competent jurisdiction.... "

The High Court of American Samoa is not a district court of the United States. This court has no jurisdiction over this matter. Matter dismissed.

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