277 F2d 461 The Santa Madre v. Dagounakis

277 F.2d 461

THE SANTA MADRE, her engines, boilers, boats, tackle, apparel and furniture, in rem, and St. John Shipping & Trading Corporation, Owners and/or Bareboat Charterers, in personam, Appellants,
Demetrios DAGOUNAKIS, Appellee.

No. 8050.

United States Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit.

Argued April 21, 1960.

Decided April 25, 1960.

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, at Norfolk; Walter E. Hoffman, Judge.

Walter B. Martin, Jr., Norfolk, Va. (Vandeventer, Black, Meredith & Martin, Norfolk, Va., on brief), for appellants.

L. David Lindauer, Portsmouth, Va. (Augustus Anninos, Norfolk, Va., and Bangel, Bangel & Bangel, Portsmouth, Va., on brief), for appellee.

Before SOBELOFF, Chief Judge, and HAMLEY* and BOREMAN, Circuit Judges.


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The controversy here is whether the shipowner's attorney was authorized to settle a personal injury claim against the ship and its owner for $7,000.00 plus costs. The plaintiff, Dagounakis, is a Greek seaman who was allegedly injured on the "Santa Madre" as a result of an unseaworthy condition.


The District Judge found that the settlement was authorized, and this finding is amply supported in the record. We find no basis for setting aside the court's order awarding judgment, and we affirm on the District Court's opinion, 183 F. Supp. 54.





Sitting by designation of the Chief Justice