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The Center for Art Law Case Updates

Hashiguchi v. Bischof & Bischof PLLC, 2015 WL 1156767, (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cty. Mar. 16, 2015) -- Masahiro Hashiguchi, the executor of the estate of the late art collector Robert Ellsworth, has filed suit in state court in New York against the attorney (and the attorney's law firm) who drafted the deceased's will, alleging that the defendants did so negligently, resulting in the estate being taxed for $25 million. If the will were drafted with the requisite care, Hashiguchi alleges, the tax could have been deducted.

Keck v. FX Networks, 2015 WL 1204829 (S.D.N.Y. March 17, 2015) -- Indiana painter Leah Michelle Keck has filed suit against FX and 20th Century Fox in the Southern District of New York alleging three of her paintings were copied and used in FX's animated show "Archer." The paintings appear in the background on an office wall as part of the show's set design. Keck is seeking up to $150,000 in damages for the alleged copyright infringement.

Meyer v. Bd. of Regents of the Univ. of Okla., 2015 U.S. App. (2d Cir., Mar. 12, 2015) -- On March 12, 2015 in Manhattan, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ordered a lower court judge to rule on whether a lawsuit she dismissed, involving an alleged Holocaust era looted work currently located in Oklahoma, should be transferred to Oklahoma for further process.

McKenzie v. Fishko, 2015 WL 685927 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 13, 2015) -- The Southern District of New York recently struck down all of Connecticut financial executive Richard McKenzie's claims against Manhattan's Forum Gallery and its proprietor, Richard Fishko. McKenzie alleged that Fishko defrauded him into buying $570,000 worth of fake art for his foundation which seeks to inspire fledgling artists partly by displaying works by famous artists. The court ruled against his claims for fraud, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty, saying that McKenzie did not nearly meet the "clear and convincing" standard required to show fraud.

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