Roxas v. Marcos
Supreme Court of Hawai’i
969 P.2d 1209 (1998)
Rogelio Roxas (plaintiff) was a treasure hunter who discovered a buried treasure in the Philippines. The treasure included gold bars and a golden Buddha filled with diamonds. After the discovery, Roxas met with several prospective buyers. Later, men wearing Philippine military uniforms raided Roxas’s house and took much of the treasure for the Philippine government. Roxas brought suit for conversion against the president of the Philippines at the time of the raid, Ferdinand Marcos (defendant). The trial court instructed the jury to calculate damages based on the fair market value of the stolen treasure at the time of the conversion. The jury awarded Roxas $1.4 million. Both parties appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Levinson, J.)
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