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NOLAN v. TRANSOCEAN AIR LINES

May 14, 1959

Robert F. NOLAN, as Administrator of the Estate of Jasper Wallace Hall, Deceased, Marjory M. Hall, individually, and Marjory M. Hall as Guardian ad Litem of Judith Marie Hall, an infant, Plaintiffs,
v.
TRANSOCEAN AIR LINES, Defendant



The opinion of the court was delivered by: LEVET

The defendant, Transocean Air Lines, has moved for summary judgment in its favor upon the ground that it is entitled to judgment as a matter of law for the reason that the action is barred by the California Statute of Limitations.

The action seeks recovery of damages for the allegedly wrongful death of Jasper Wallace Hall in an airplane accident in the vicinity of Alvarado, in the State of California, on March 20, 1953. The complaint was filed in this court on November 7, 1958.

The complaint sets forth four alleged causes of action. The first cause of action is brought on behalf of Robert F. Nolan, as Administrator of the Estate of Jasper Wallace Hall, deceased, and alleges that the said Robert F. Nolan was issued letters of administration on the 18th day of February, 1958, that jurisdiction of the court is based on diversity of citizenship, that the decedent met his death as a result of the alleged negligent operation, management and control of a certain airplane by the defendant which resulted in an accident occurring on March 20, 1953, in the State of California, and that the decedent left him surviving, as his lawful heirs, his wife, Marjory M. Hall, and his daughter, Judith Marie Hall, an infant of the age of 5 years, and that by reason of defendant's negligence the estate of the decedent and the next of kin were damaged in the sum of $ 200,000.

 The second cause of action is brought by Marjory M. Hall, individually, on her own behalf as wife and next of kin of the deceased, and repeats and reallages essentially the same allegations concerning the alleged negligence and liability of the defendant as is alleged in the first cause of action.

 The third cause of action is brought by Marjory M. Hall, as Guardian ad Litem of the infant-plaintiff, Judith Marie Hall. In this cause of action it is alleged that this court appointed Marjory M. Hall as Guardian ad Litem of Judith Marie Hall for the purpose of maintaining this action, that on March 20, 1953, and prior thereto, the infant, Judith Marie Hall, was the daughter of the decedent, who was living with and being supported by him, and that as a result of the alleged wrongful death of the decedent the infant lost the society, companionship and support of the decedent and was damaged thereby.

 The fourth cause of action is brought by Robert F. Nolan, as Administrator of the Estate of Jasper Wallace Hall, deceased, and alleges generally that the decedent was being transported on defendant's aircraft pursuant to an agreement between the United States Government and the defendant, and that one of the conditions of the agreement was that the defendant would provide safe passage for the decedent and that the decedent was one of the intended beneficiaries of the said agreement, and that the defendant breached its agreement to provide safe passage to the decedent, as a result of which his estate and next of kin were damaged in the amount of $ 200,000.

 The facts involved here are as follows:

 1. The widow, Marjory M. Hall, was born November 17, 1936.

 2. The decedent, Jasper Wallace Hall, was born March 2, 1934.

 3. The marriage took place on December 26, 1951, in South Carolina.

 4. Judith Marie Hall, the child of this couple, was born December 2, 1952.

 5. The death of Jasper Wallace Hall took place on March 20, 1953.

 6. The widow reached the age of 18 on November 17, 1954, and the age of 21 on ...


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