You know what, you guys all have dirty minds.
That was absolutely not what I was thinking.
All I was doing is accurately transmitting this ruling from the 11th that a noted researcher can properly bring suit against a shipwreck treasure-hunting outfit because the claims are cognizable in admiralty:
In relevant part, the district court concluded that Bray failed to set out a claim cognizable in admiralty jurisdiction because, “[a]lthough both Bray’s research and Odyssey’s obligation to pay pertain to the location of a ship, neither the research agreement nor the purported oral agreement amount to a maritime contract.” This was so, the court reasoned, “because neither contract involves maritime commerce.” We cannot agree.Yep, and some people like it that way!
Rather, we conclude “that ‘the [contracts] here ha[ve] a more genuinely salty flavor.’”
You can learn more about the Merchant Royal here, and about Odyssey's fascinating treasurequests here.