libellant


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libellant

a person who publishes a libel.

LIBELLANT. The party who fires a libel in a chancery or admiralty case, corresponds to the plaintiff in actions in the common law courts, is called the libellant.

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Peters gratuitously reasoned that the ATS could not provide an alternative basis for jurisdiction because the libellants were seeking return of their property in addition to damages.
If the court found for the libellants, then all shipmasters heading into New Orleans might be held hostage by their sailors and the $1000 per sailor bond, preventing captains from making appropriate employment negotiations.
For example in The Antelope, the Vice-Consuls of Spain and Portugal, Libellants (45) the Vice Consul of Spain and Portugal claimed certain Africans as the property of nationals of their countries.
112) The French government denied that the vessel had ever belonged to the libellants.
Justice Douglas's dissent in Morton is at least as memorable as the majority opinion, for its suggestion that environmental resources themselves--the very rocks, trees, rivers, and forests--should have standing to sue in their own name in federal court, much as ships have standing to sue as libellants in admiralty.
The libellants claimed that their case should be heard prior to sovereign immunity being granted so that they may decide whether or not the ship was owned by the foreign entity in question, in this case, that was Cuba.
They argued that French nationals had "violently and forcibly taken" the ship from them on the high seas "in violation of the rights of the libellants, and of the law of nations," and that "no sentence or decree of condemnation had been pronounced against her, by any [French] court of competent jurisdiction.