Eugene N. Cookmeyer, Plaintiff-appellant, v. Louisiana Department of Highways, Defendant-appellee, 433 F.2d 386 (5th Cir. 1970)

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US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit - 433 F.2d 386 (5th Cir. 1970) October 27, 1970

Gerald P. Webre, Leonard A. Calcagno, Metairie, La., for plaintiff-appellant.

Philip K. Jones, Norman L. Sisson, Baton Rouge, La., Jesse S. Guillot, New Orleans, La., for defendant-appellee.

Before WISDOM, COLEMAN, and SIMPSON, Circuit Judges.


The plaintiff-appellant fell from his motorcycle while crossing a pontoon bridge on a state highway. He sued the state department of highways for injuries thus sustained. The District Court held that it lacked admiralty jurisdiction because the structure was, in fact, a bridge and not a vessel.

The decision of the District Court is reported, 309 F. Supp. 881 (E.D., La., 1970).

We affirm on the published opinion of the court below.



Rule 18, 5th Cir.; See Isbell Enterprises, Inc. v. Citizens Casualty Co. of New York et al., 5th Cir. 1970, 431 F.2d 409, Part I