Wrongful death statute

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"[I]n The Harrisburg, this Court held that maritime law does not afford a cause of action for wrongful death."

"This Court overruled The Harrisburg.  After questioning whether The Harrisburg was a proper statement of the law even in 1886, the Court set aside that issue because a 'development of major significance ha[d] intervened.'  Specifically, the state legislatures and Congress had rejected wholesale the rule against wrongful death [in maritime law].  Every State in the Union had enacted a wrongful death statute.  In 1920, Congress enacted two pieces of legislation creating a wrongful death action for most maritime deaths."