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Resolution Of Seven Decade Restitution Effort Over Looted Art

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In recent art world news, a prized painting, “La Punta Della Dogana e San Giorgio Maggiore” (1739-40) by the artist Michele Marieschi, has become the focus of a 70-year restitution effort by the Graf family and its heirs that...more

Pissarro from Cornelius Gurlitt’s Salzburg Home Returned to Heirs

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News Accompanied by Deafening Silence About Ongoing Restitution Policy Failures The German government announced recently that it had returned an additional work of art found in the Salzburg home of Cornelius Gurlitt in...more

Can You Hear Me Now?: Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery (HEAR) Act

On December 16, 2016, President Obama signed the HEAR Act into law, establishing a uniform statute of limitations to govern claims seeking recovery of Nazi-confiscated art....more

Guelph Treasure Art Restitution Case Media Coverage

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The United States District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled that Germany can be sued for the return of Nazi-looted art and artifacts under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. This is the first time Germany will...more

U.S. District Court Issues First of Its Kind Ruling Against Germany Over Renowned Guelph Treasure

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The United States District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled that claims over the famed Guelph Treasure can proceed against Germany in a United States court. This is the first time Germany will have to defend...more

Art Scholars’ Role In Art Sales Scrutinized

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In recent art news, longtime collaborators and respected art scholars, Emma C. Bunker and Douglas A. J. Latchford, who had become authorities on Southeast Asian antiquities in which their approval could virtually guarantee an...more

Sea Change in Nazi-looted Art Claims? The HEAR Act is Put Into Action

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Two pending cases have invoked the new law - A recent article in the New York Times highlights the change that the recent passage of the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery (HEAR) Act of 2016 has had on disputes about...more

Heirs of Nazi-Persecuted Art Dealer Alfred Flechtheim Sue Bavarian Museums

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Paintings by Beckmann, Gris and Klee Valued at Nearly $20 Million That Once Belonged to Flechtheim Are at Issue in New York Lawsuit - Sullivan & Worcester LLP has filed suit against Bavaria and its state museums in U.S....more

Heirs of Nazi-Persecuted Art Dealer Alfred Flechtheim Sue Bavarian Museums

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Paintings by Beckmann, Gris and Klee Valued at Nearly $20 Million That Once Belonged to Flechtheim Are at Issue in New York Lawsuit - Sullivan & Worcester LLP has filed suit against Bavaria and its state museums in U.S....more

Important Changes to HEAR Act Preserve New York’s Demand and Refusal Rule (For Now)

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The Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery (HEAR) Act of 2016 has been pending for several monthsnow, and was recently recommended favorably by the Senate Judiciary Committee in September. The bill would create a uniform...more

British Columbia Arbitrator Reinstates Firefighter Convicted of Possession of Stolen Boat

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In a recent grievance decision, Re Prince George and Prince George Firefighters, Local 1372 (Williams), 2016 CarswellBC 2591, a labour arbitrator reinstated a firefighter whose employment was terminated after being found...more

Restitution Claims Resolved in New York and Cologne, New Case Filed Against Germany

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Word came this week of two resolutions of claims to Nazi-looted art in museums in New York and Cologne, and a new Nazi-looted claim against Germany filed in Washington. Barely a month after the Neue Galerie (of Austrian and...more

Restitution Legislation: HEAR Act and Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Clarification Act Move Forward

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Two restitution related bills have advanced past the Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate: the Holocaust Expropriated Art Act (S.B. 2763, the HEAR Act), and the Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional...more

More of the Same—Latest Limbach Commission “Reform” is Anything But

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Supposed Changes to German Advisory Commission on Nazi Looted Art Short on Specifics - There have been a number of articles this week indicating that Germany intends to reform the “Advisory Commission on the return of...more

Methinks Thou Doth Protest too Much—Bavaria Scrambles Defensively After Revelation of Looted Art Sales to Nazi Families

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The revelation that Bavaria re-sold looted artworks to Nazi families while giving victims and their heirs the run-around for years has clearly touched a nerve at the Bavarian State Paintings Collection (the Bayerische...more

Another Bombshell in Munich—Bavarian Government Sold Looted Art to Nazi Families

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Works returned by Monuments Men to Bavaria for restitution to victims instead sold to Nazis’ families - Journalists Catrin Lorch Jörg Häntzschel published this weekend an explosive revelation in Sueddeutsche Zeitung...more

HEAR Act: Senate Judiciary Committee Considers Nazi-Looted Art Statute of Limitations Bill

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The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing this week (video available here) on the Holocaust Art Recovery Act (the “HEAR Act”) that drew welcome attention to the ongoing challenges to the restitution of Nazi-looted art. We...more

Herzog Heirs’ Claims Against Hungary Survive Dismissal Under FSIA

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Expropriation Exception Saves Case, But District Court Holds Commercial Activity Exception Does Not Apply, Claims to Two of the Paintings at Issue are Dismissed as Well - The ongoing litigation between the heirs of Baron...more

Germany Relents on Nazi-Looted Art Advisory Commission Jewish Membership

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Barely a week ago German Minister of Culture Monika Grütters was dismissively rejecting any changes to the Advisory Commission that issues recommendations on claims of Nazi-looted art in German museums. Today, in a classic...more

Germany Keeps Digging—Explanation for Excluding Jewish Member from Nazi-looted Art Advisory Commission is Worse than Before

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Last week Germany’s Minister of Culture Monika Grütters made the astonishing statement that the Advisory Commission that issues recommendations for questions of allegedly Nazi-looted art in German museums would not be revised...more

Live from the Oscars! German Cultural Ministry Disparages Possible Inclusion of Jewish Member on Advisory Commission

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The New York Times reports today that Germany will pay for “at least” one more year of the Gurlitt Task Force, which recently concluded its initial term of appointment amidst criticism of the German government’s handling of...more

Recent Enforcement Shows the Importance of Encrypting Mobile Devices Containing Protected Health Information

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With headlines every day announcing another release of Protected Health Information (PHI), providers are asking themselves – is there a way to protect against these breaches? Beyond improving the security of large...more

Blog: What States Should Know About Knowing Receipt

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Who can be sued? Knowing Receipt is an “equitable claim” for personal relief against a recipient of tainted assets. It is often deployed in circumstances of bribery and corruption, particularly in claims to recover stolen...more

Did You Do Enough to Protect Your Trade Secrets?

On January 21, 2014, Mozaffar Khazaee, a naturalized American who maintained dual citizenship with his native Iran, was indicted in Connecticut on two counts of interstate transportation of stolen property, which carries with...more

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