Court Revives Claim Against Museum in Nazi Art Theft Case

10 Dec 2013 1:20 PM | Anonymous

Court Revives Claim Against Museum in Nazi Art Theft Case




A California law extending the time in which a person who claims ownership to a stolen art work may sue a museum to recover the item is not preempted by federal primacy over foreign affairs, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday.

The panel reinstated claims by members of the Cassirer family, whose ancestors were wealthy and prominent German Jews before the rise of Nazism, to the ownership of a painting by Camille Pissarro that now belongs to a Spanish museum. The decision, however, leaves open the possibility of an as-applied due process challenge to the statute in question.

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