Our friend Robert H. Thomas brought our attention into an interesting case in his excellent blog, inversecondemnation.com. The case, Murray v BEJ Minerals, LLC, was handed down by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on November 6, 2018. The case was brought by plaintiffs who were owners of a Montana ranch. They sought a declaratory judgment that dinosaur fossils found on the ranch belong to them as owners of the surface estate. Plaintiffs took title to the ranch from the Seversons prior to the discovery of the fossils. The previous… read more
November 27, 2018
PARDON ME, IS THAT YOUR DINOSAUR?
Posted in De Facto Appropriation, Fossils, Mineral Rights