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Robol Law Office v. Recovery Limited Partnership, 14-1950

In an in rem admiralty action to obtain a salvage award, brought by an attorney who served for decades as counsel and landlord for a business entity that established salvage rights to the S.S. Central America, a ship loaded with gold that sank in a hurricane off the coast of South Carolina in 1857, the district court's dismissal for failure to state a claim is affirmed, where plaintiff was obligated to return the files and documents to his former clients under the applicable rules of professional responsibility and principles of agency law, and therefore that his act of returning the materials to his former clients was not a voluntary act, as would be required for him to obtain a salvage award

Appellate Information

  • Decided 06/22/2015
  • Published 06/22/2015




  • United States Fourth Circuit