2016 US Code
Title 46 - Shipping
Subtitle III - Maritime Liability
Chapter 311 - Suits Involving Public Vessels
Sec. 31104 - Venue

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Citation 46 U.S.C. § 31104 (2016)
Section Name §31104. Venue
Section Text

(a) In General.—A civil action under this chapter shall be brought in the district court of the United States for the district in which the vessel or cargo is found within the United States.

(b) Vessel or Cargo Outside Territorial Waters.—If the vessel or cargo is outside the territorial waters of the United States—

(1) the action shall be brought in the district court of the United States for any district in which any plaintiff resides or has an office for the transaction of business; or

(2) if no plaintiff resides or has an office for the transaction of business in the United States, the action may be brought in the district court of the United States for any district.

Source Credit

(Pub. L. 109–304, §6(c), Oct. 6, 2006, 120 Stat. 1521.)

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Source (U.S. Code)Source (Statutes at Large)
31104 46 App.:782 (1st sentence). Mar. 3, 1925, ch. 428, §2 (1st sentence), 43 Stat. 1112.

In subsection (a), the words "charged with creating the liability" are omitted as unnecessary.

In subsection (b)(2), the words "in the United States" are omitted as unnecessary.

Publication Title United States Code, 2012 Edition, Supplement 4, Title 46 - SHIPPING
Category Bills and Statutes
Collection United States Code
SuDoc Class Number Y 1.2/5:
Contained Within Title 46 - SHIPPING
Subtitle III - Maritime Liability
CHAPTER 311 - SUITS INVOLVING PUBLIC VESSELS
Sec. 31104 - Venue
Contains section 31104
Date 2016
Laws In Effect As Of Date January 6, 2017
Positive Law Yes
Disposition standard
Statutes at Large References 43 Stat. 1112
120 Stat. 1521
Public Law References Public Law 109-304
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