Maryland Dep't of Natural Resources v. Kellum

ELR Citation: ELR 20347
No(s). 93-1030 (4th Cir. Apr 18, 1995)

The court holds that federal maritime law preempts a Maryland statute that imposes strict liability for damaging natural oyster bars, as it applies to the grounding and re-floating of a barge in tidewater of the lower Potomac River. The court first holds that the grounding of a vessel is a maritime ...