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Judicial Development of Admiralty law

Federal courts have played a key role in the development of admiralty law.  A major portion of the rules that govern admiralty are derived from United States Supreme Court decisions.  However, court made admiralty law generally applies only in the absence of relevant federal statutory law.[i] 

 [i] States v. Ex-USS Cabot/Dedalo, 297 F.3d 378 (5th Cir. Tex. 2002)

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