439 F2d 1131 Tamboris v. Kainis Compania Maritima Sa

439 F.2d 1131

Demetrios TAMBORIS, Plaintiff-Appellant,
KAINIS COMPANIA MARITIMA, S.A., et al., Defendants-Appellees.
No. 30883 Summary Calendar.*
*Rule 18, 5 Cir. See Isbell Enterprises, Inc
Citizens Casualty Co. of New York, et al., 5 Cir. 1970, 431
F.2d 409, Part I.

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

March 11, 1971.

Joseph M. Matranga, Dominick J. Matranga, Mobile, Ala., for plaintiff-appellant.

George F. Wood, Pillans, Reams, Tappan, Wood & Roberts, Mobile, Ala., for defendants-appellees.

Before GEWIN, GOLDBERG and DYER, Circuit Judges.


view counter

In this controversy between Tamboris, an alien seaman, and Kainis Compania Maritima, S.A., a foreign shipowner, in which damages are sought under the Jones Act and for unseaworthiness, Tamboris appeals for the dismissal of his complaint. We affirm.


The District Court considered the seven factors explicated in Lauritzen v. Larsen, 1953, 345 U.S. 571, 73 S.Ct. 921, 97 L.Ed. 1254, and correctly concluded that American law does not apply to a duspute arising out of a personal injury to a Greek seaman aboard a Liberian flag wessel owned by a Panamanian corporation which is in turn a wholly owned subsidiary of a Liberian corporation.


Unlike Hellenic Lines Ltd. v. Rhoditis, 1970, 398 U.S. 306,1 90 S.Ct. 1731, 26 L.Ed.2d 252, where American law was applied in the case of a foreign owner and operator when it appeared that the holder of ninety-five percent of the stock of the corporate shipowner and the company's directing hand was a longtime resident alien of the United States, it is here undisputed that no American citizens or residents own any share of the owning corporation, directly or indirectly.1




It is undisputed that 'C' Ventures, Inporated, was acting as agent only and had no ownership interest in the vessel. Since it was neither employer nor shipowner, the corporation was properly dismissed by the District Court