Odyssey Marine Exploration is an unusual type of public company. Its business is going out into the open seas and trying to find shipwrecked treasure, which it then tries to keep under some legal version of the "finders, keepers" doctrine. In May 2007, Odyssey uncovered one of the most lucrative shipwrecks in history -- nearly $500 million worth of silver coins and artifacts discovered on a sunken 19th century ship somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. Alas, the treasure has turned out to be fool's gold for Odyssey, but a massive windfall for the government of Spain. On Feb. 24, after several years of litigation, the 17 tons of silver coins recovered from the ship were flown from the U.S. to Spain. The Associated Press reports that two Spanish military planes took off on Friday with "594,000 silver coins and other artifacts aboard, packed into the same white plastic buckets in which they were brought to the U.S. by Tampa, Fla.-based Odyssey Marine Exploration in May 2007." As discussed in this 2009 Am Law Daily article, the government of Spain immediately contested Odyssey's right to the treasure, claiming that Odyssey had discovered a 19th-century Spanish frigate called the Nuestra Seņora de...

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