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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Meteorite Law?

Talk about property law questions ripped from the headlines!  The Washington Post has the latest on a dispute between the landlord of a physicians' office in Lorton and the physicians over the ownership of a meteorite that crashed into the physicians' office recently.

Alfred Brophy

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An Oregon case from 1905 or 1906, over the now-famous Willamette meteor, held that the owner of the soil had a superior claim to a finder. Not exactly on point, but its analogies to mineral rights might help the landlord in a case where the tenant leased only surface rights. The Willamette meteor, all 16 tons, is now housed in the Smithsonian. Claims of the native tribes (Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community) have been settled by the museum.

Posted by: Eric Kades | Feb 5, 2010 10:21:46 AM

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