On June 9, 2020, the Second Circuit effectively terminated Sotheby’s efforts to bring suit against a foreign nation for interference with one of its auctions, reversing and remanding Barnet v. Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Hellenic Republic to the Southern District of New York with instructions to dismiss
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In a surprise April 5, 2018 decision in Reif v. Nagy (Index No. 161799/15), the Commercial Division of New York State Supreme Court ordered two pieces of alleged Nazi-looted art turned over to relatives of the original Jewish owner, Fritz Grunbaum…
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A newly enacted federal statute is intended to facilitate loans of art to U.S. museums from government-owned museums abroad, by protecting the art from private claimants while in the U.S.  In recent years, fear that a U.S. court might order the seizure of artworks loaned to a U.S. museum for
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No one knows exactly how much art and cultural property the Nazis stole during what Agnes Peresztegi has called “the greatest art theft in history.” According to the Holocaust-Era Looted Art: A World-Wide Preliminary Overview, presented at the 2009 Holocaust Era Assets Conference in Prague, a “very considerable amount of looted movable artwork…and [cultural] property” held both privately and publicly remains to be recovered more than seventy years later. That same overview found…
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