In a personal injury action based on a fall aboard a ship, judgment for defendant is affirmed primarily as the district court had admiralty jurisdiction because the alleged tort occurred on navigable waters and the activity giving rise to the incident had a substantial relationship to traditional maritime activity, such that the incident had a potentially disruptive influence on maritime commerce.
Argued: August 26, 2009
Decided: September 15, 2009
Opinion by Judge Jacobs
John F. Gaffney, Herzfeld & Rubin, P.C., New York, NY