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saving to suitors clause: a clause in federal law found at title 28 section 1333(1) of the U.S. Code that allows a party to pursue a remedy for a maritime claim in a state court when entitled to such remedy and that effectively means that a party may pursue an in personam maritime claim in an ordinary civil action seeking a common-law remedy with the right to a jury trial
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.