This Note analyzes the Hassinger opinion in two sections. After a discussion of the case and the background of maritime jurisdiction, the first section considers the inappropriate use of a district court case cited for support in Hassinger. The second section considers the anomalous jurisdictional results created for pleasure vessel owners who use boat launching ramps when the Hassinger holding is combined with the holding of Hastings v. Mann, another Fourth Circuit opinion written twenty-two years ago.
Paul A. Newton, Maritime Law - Common Sense and Nonsense Stand Face to Face in the Fourth Circuit - Hassinger v. Tideland Electric Membership Corp., 9 Campbell L. Rev. 175 (1986).