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Odyssey avanza su posición en el caso «Black Swan»

octubre 3, 2008

La semana pasada publiqué (aquí) el escrito que España presentó ante el juez que lleva el caso «Black Swan» en Florida (EE.UU.). La empresa Oddyssey tiene hasta el 17 de noviembre para responder, pero ya ha avanzado su posición respecto de las alegaciones españolas de falta de jurisdicción del citado tribunal. Lo hace en una página de preguntas y respuestas que puede consultarse aquí. Por lo pronto, transcribo una de esas preguntas para que los lectores tengan un adelanto y vayan a esa página si tuvieren interés en seguir leyendo.

What is Odyssey’s opinion of Spain’s legal position?

This filing was expected based upon Spain’s previous assertions that the U.S. Court does not have jurisdiction in the «Black Swan» case. Magistrate Pizzo requested that Spain file a motion justifying its position in the matter. Spain argues that the FSIA applies to defeat jurisdiction in this case.

Upon our initial review of the 36-page motion and its attachments of over 850 pages, it appears that the legal arguments presented have missed some of the most important factors in the case, including the fact that the ship that Spain asserts was the source of the coins was loaded with commercial cargo and that the cargo primarily belonged to merchants – facts that we believe would prevent a claim of sovereign immunity.

In addition, for the court to entertain Spain’s argument, logic would dictate that it would have to accept jurisdiction to review the evidence.

In any case, we believe that the court has jurisdiction over the «Black Swan» coins that have been recovered by Odyssey, all of which were legally and properly brought before the court for adjudication.

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