ORMSBY V. CHASE, 290 U. S. 387 (1933)

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U.S. Supreme Court

Ormsby v. Chase, 290 U.S. 387 (1933)

Ormsby v. Chase

No. 101

Argued November 15, 16, 1933

Decided December 11, 1933

290 U.S. 387


1. Whether a claim for damages survives the death of the wrongdoer is determined by the law of the place of the wrong. P. 290 U. S. 388.

2. By the law of New York, a right of action based upon a wrong done there abates with the death of the wrongdoer. Held, an action cannot be maintained in a federal court in Pennsylvania for such a wrong when the action was not commenced until after the death of the wrongdoer. P. 290 U. S. 388.

3. The Pennsylvania survival statute (Laws 1921, No. 29, § 35(b)) does not give to the plaintiff on a foreign cause of action any substantive right. P. 290 U. S. 389.

4. No question of revivor is involved in this case. P. 290 U. S. 389.

65 F.2d 521 reversed.

Certiorari to review a judgment reversing a judgment of the District Court, 3 F.Supp. 680, for the defendant in an action for damages.

Page 290 U. S. 388

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