Odyssey Marine Exploration believed it had one of the most lucrative shipwreck discoveries in history on its hands in May 2007 when the Tampa, Fla.-based treasure hunter announced it had recovered 17 tons of gold and silver artifacts from a secret Atlantic Ocean site. The government of Spain disagreed. Claiming the Odyssey had actually discovered a 19th-century Spanish frigate that had been sunk by a British warship, Covington & Burling helped Spain sue Odyssey for violating its heritage laws.
Covington Helps Spain Sink Salvage Claims in Shipwreck Suit
The American Lawyer
June 8, 2009