Friday, April 21, 2006

Circuit Judge J.C. Nicholson hears treasure trove case

This sounds like a fun case to be involved in:

Attorneys argued Wednesday whether a lawsuit stemming from the discovery of a Civil War-era steamer and its treasure trove should be heard in South Carolina.

$75 million in gold and artifacts were recovered from the SS Republic, which was discovered in 2003 off the Southeast coast.

The steamer was traveling from New York to New Orleans when it sank in a hurricane on October 25th, 1865.

The lawsuit alleges Florida-based Odyssey Marine Exploration found the vessel using information a South Carolina shipwreck hunter provided.

But the plaintiffs say neither the treasure nor the credit for finding the wreck was shared.

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