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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:

Caraballo v. Art Students League of New York, 2016 N.Y. Slip Op. 00883 (1st Dept. Feb. 9, 2016). -- An appeal by members of the Art Students League (against the Board of the Art Students League) was dismissed. The appeal was filed in objection to the 2014 sale of air rights above the League's West 57th Street headquarters to developer Extell. The plaintiffs no longer sought to halt construction, as plans were now too far along, but rather to invalidate the voting process to clarify how voting on matters such as this would occur in the future.

XI Specialty Ins. Co. v. Christie's Fine Art Storage Servs., Inc., No. 159926/13, 2016 WL 1049690 (N.Y. App. Div. Mar. 17, 2016). -- The 1st Dep't reinstated a case brought by XL Insurance company, which had accused Christie's of gross negligence, breach of contract, fraudulent misrepresentation and other charges arising from Christie's failure to move artworks during Superstorm Sandy. The decision reverses the September 2014 ruling that dismissed XL's complaint based on a waiver in the contract between the gallery and the storage company.

Oliver Sears v. Sotheby's Inc., Case 1:16-cv-02143-VEC (Complaint Mar 23, 2016). -- Oliver Sears is suing Sotheby's for destroying the value of the painting "Brushy Elegy" by Robert Motherwell. According to the complaint, Sotheby's burned the artwork when it put the piece up for auction at a devalued price and subsequently took it down without explanation. The petitioner claims that the work was never consigned to Sotheby's, but was set to be sold through Bernard Jacobson Gallery, which rescinded its offer after seeing the low price set by Sotheby's.

Christie's, Inc. v. Jombihis Corp. et al., No. 651047/2016 (NY Sup. Feb. 29, 2016). -- Jose Mugrabi purchased a Basquiat spray-painting for $37 million at a Christie's auction, but has only paid $5 million so far. He missed a $13.6 million payment on January 4th and the final payment on February 15th.

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