Earlier today I was doing a little Wikipedia surfing and stumbled on the idea of “in rem" jurisdiction within US law. Under this rule, plantiffs can sue an object or, in some cases, the object can bring suit against a defendant (at least in theory given we know there’s someone acting as the object in question).
Some of the interesting cases that Wikipedia listed are:
- U. S. v. 422 Casks of Wine
- United States v. Ninety-Five Barrels Alleged Apple Cider Vinegar
- United States v. One Package of Japanese Pessaries
- United States v. 11 1/4 Dozen Packages of Articles Labeled in Part Mrs. Moffat’s Shoo-Fly Powders for Drunkenness
- Quantity of Books v. Kansas
- One 1958 Plymouth Sedan v. Pennsylvania