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Stewart v. Dutra Construction Company

Docket No.: 03-814
Certiorari Granted: Feb 23 2004
Argued: November 1, 2004
Decided: February 23, 2005


Longshoremen and Harbor Workers' Compensation, Economic Activity, Election of Remedies, Admiralty Law, Sixth Amendment, murder

PartyNames: Willard Stewart v. Dutra Construction Company
Petitioner: Willard Stewart
Respondent: Dutra Construction Company

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Citation: 343 F3d 10, 230 F3d 461
Supreme Court Docket

Willard Stewart
Dutra Construction Company
543 U.S. 481 (2005)
Question Presented:

To qualify for "seaman" status under the Jones Act, a worker must have an "employment-related connection to a vessel in navigation." Chandris, Inc. v. Latsis, 515 U.S. 347, 357 (1995). What is the legal standard for determining whether a special purpose watercraft (such as a dredge) is a Jones Act "vessel"?


Is a dredge a "vessel" under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA)?

Stewart v. Dutra Construction Company

November 1, 2004

Holding: reversed and remanded
Decision: Decision: 8 votes for Stewart, 0 vote(s) against
Vote: 8-0
Recused: Chief Justice Robert
Opinion By: Justice Clarence Thomas
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