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Center For Art Law Case Updates

The following case selection first appeared in this week's Center for Art Law newsletter:

Toren v. Villa Grisebach Auctions, Inc., 651667/2016 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. March 29, 2016) -- The 89-year old New Yorker, David Toren, claims that the German art dealer Villa Grisebach Auctions sold two works that were looted from his grandfather, David Friedman. In his efforts, Toren seeks to uncover names of people to whom the Max Lieberman painting, "Basket Weavers" and the Franz Skarbiner painting, "Nach House" were sold in 2000 and 1995, respectively.

Miller v. The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc., No.1:16-CV-2510 (S.D.N.Y. April 5, 2016) -- Photographer Bobby Miller filed a $65 million suit for copyright infringement against the Foundation and multiple galleries and museums that have previously shown the works at issue. Miller claims that while spending time with Mapplethorpe in the late 1970s, he snapped a number of photos of the artist dressed in drag that have since been reproduced and publicly displayed.

Maestrali v. Helly Nahmad Gallery Inc., 650646/2014, New York State Supreme Court (Manhattan)-- Plaintiff Philippe Maestracci filed suit against Helly Nahmad Gallery, seeking declaration of title, conversion, and replevin or restitution of a painting, "Seated Man with a Cane, 1918" by Amedeo Modigliani, a renowned Italian Jewish artist. The defendants currently possess, control, and own the painting. The painting has been referenced widely in connection with the recently-publicized Panama Paper.

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