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Judge denies government’s request for stay in Knoedler suits

US Attorney’s argument that civil cases could threaten further criminal charges is rejected

The judge overseeing the five civil cases against the Knoedler Gallery and its former director Ann Freedman denied the federal government’s request that the suits of John Howard and Domenico and Eleanore De Sole be put on hold. Judge Paul Gardephe rejected the US Attorney’s argument that their continuation would prejudice possible criminal proceedings, saying “it is impossible to predict when, if ever, additional criminal charges will be filed”. He also cited the extensive resources the parties and the court had already put into the litigation. The judge did impose a stay on the three, less-advanced cases.

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