- Jun 11, 2013
- Primary Interest:
Well Frank you are the one that suggested to form an association of shipwreck salvage businesses and file a federal lawsuit. I thought you knew something about how to start this. I told you earlier that a shipwreck salvage association has failed 5 or 6 times in the past. It will take a lot of money to sue the state. GME is attempting to do that for breech of contract.
Is there anyone else out there that can make a difference?
While I may know how to start this as you say, I don't have the resources or contacts to even attempt to do so. Surely within some of the Treasure Salvor/Shipwreck Salvage companies whether it be owners or stockholders, there must be some influential people that know other influential people that can get the ball rolling per see. A few people could start with sending out letters to every Treasure Salvor/Shipwreck Salvage company that seek or have sought exploration and/or recovery permits within any and all territorial waters of the States and the United States with the intent stated of forming an Association to fight corruption within any State that has an Exploration/Recovery Permit system/process and denies or voids them when a find is made. Then have them forward similar letters to all of their' stockholders and anyone with interests in your businesses (all suppliers of equipment and supplies you need to operate). The key is cooperation between all of the companies to fund and back the association and any Court proceedings. A memorandum of conduct, cooperation and intent should be signed by every member and if the Association succeeds to the point that the Treasury has a large surplus of funds, then per the memorandum (clearly stated within), a portion (say not to exceed more than 75% of the surplus because the Association will still need operating funds to remain viable) of the surplus funds will be used to fight any future lawsuits against or for any member companies.** Letters could also be sent to anyone with political and/or judicial influence (just not to a Judge that might hear the Court Cases) or personally lobby them for support. Hell, I would even send out some letters to Warren Buffett for advice, support and maybe even financial help. He is known to help certain folks or businesses that are in need.
** Many associations fail because some members develop or have the view that the Association was created to benefit a few members only and not them. Often it is the smaller or less successful companies that view the larger or more successful companies this way but not always. This is where you all must work together to insure that all members are treated and represented equally and fairly, otherwise the Association like the others, will fail.
While a Federal Lawsuit may be the route that many members will want to take, I still believe that getting a Congressional Hearing on the docket will likely be much cheaper, accomplish much more and will lead to the Federal Lawsuits once all claims have been established and you have won. In fact, if you win in a Congressional Hearing, you may not even have to file a Federal Lawsuit as the outcome of the Congressional Hearing may dictate/order that proceedings be filed by the U.S. Attorney General against the State of Florida and any other State if needed. I would also hope that they would decide to revisit all of the Laws, Treaties, Rules and Policies set down by any and all parties concerning Exploration and Salvage/Recovery off all sunken ships and especially those that have lain on or under the floors of the oceans for 200 or more years, that no attempts have been made in nearly the same amount of years by the original owner countries or companies to find and salvage the shipwrecks and declare most if not all as abandoned by their' original owners.