A federal appeals court decision Wednesday will allow a trial to proceed against an Ohio treasure hunter who recovered millions of dollars in gold from a ship that sank off the North Carolina coast in 1857.
Nine men who helped Tommy Thompson recover gold bars and coins from the S.S. Central America in 1988 filed a lawsuit against him and his business entities in 2006.
They say they're entitled to about 2 percent of sale proceeds from the treasure because they honored confidentiality agreements that promised payouts for keeping the expedition and associated work secret.
The lawsuit is one of many filed stemming from the treasure find. Thompson has been a fugitive since August of last year when he failed to show up at a court hearing.