Lawsuits

Jeff Koons reveals he is making NFTs, details plans for his Pace Gallery shows and remembers his hotel rendezvous with Salvador Dalí

The Balloon Dog sculptor spoke to The Art Newspaper as he announced a new art collaboration with BMW

Hobby Lobby files $7m lawsuit against former Oxford professor over allegedly stolen papyrus fragments he sold

The crafts chain, which bought them for its Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, says the seller lied about the biblical objects’ provenance

Andy Warhol Foundation fights back in fair use case

Lawyers for the foundation claim a US Court of Appeals decision conflicts with precedent and threatens historically significant contemporary art work

A German prince is suing his 'ungrateful' son for selling ancestral castle for €1

Ernst August Sr, Prince of Hanover, claims that his son went behind his back to seize control of his estates

Court awards New York dealer Asher Edelman $6.9m over failed deal allegedly involving member of the Abu Dhabi royal family

Mysterious case, involving an unpaid bill for Keith Haring and Edvard Munch works, had been running for years

Insurers fight $107m claim for Modigliani paintings seized by Italian police

A US dealer says he is owed millions by insurance brokers for 12 works that were confiscated by authorities from the Palazzo Ducale in 2017 as suspected fakes

Art adviser sues Rudy Giuliani for $15,000 in unpaid fees

A lawsuit says the former New York City mayor and lawyer for Trump hired an advisory firm to appraise the value of his collection during a bitter divorce battle

Insurers hit by art-world class action lawsuit as coronavirus crisis bites

Claimants including major museums and art galleries accuse companies of failing to pay out on Covid-19 pandemic

New York dealer Adam Lindemann sues real estate titan Aby Rosen to get out of his lease

The owner of Venus Over Manhattan gallery is withholding rent and demanding his $365,000 security deposit back due to coronavirus lockdowns that have shuttered the space

Former Paddle8 chief executive sued for $1m

Following the online auction house's bankruptcy filing, creditors claim Valentine Uhovski mismanaged funds from online sales and charity auctions

Old Master scandal dealt fresh blow as Court of Appeal rejects arrest warrant

French investigation into Giuliano Ruffini, the prime suspect in the case, is hampered by Milan ruling

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Dodgy dealers beware: anti-fraud lawsuits are on the rise

A spate of fraudulent agents in the dock this year give the art trade a bad image—even if only a few individuals are involved

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Collector wins $1.7 million in damages from New York Gallery over violation of lending contract

Jean-Pierre Lehmann was denied “the right of first refusal over everybody”

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Barbara Allbritton sues IRS for $40.6m tax refund

The collector is arguing that no transfer of ownership of her collection ever took place

Copyrightarchive

The verdict that flies in the face of art history: Luc Tuymans guilty of copyright infringement

A Belgian court recently found Tuymans guilty, a ruling that ignores appropriation’s vital role in art over the centuries and has worrying implications for the future

"Ridiculous" case involving possible Malevich, Suetin, and Chashnik fakes continues

The lawsuit, dating back to 2009, is between Russian dealer Gary Tatintsian and Lev Nussberg, an artist, art historian and collector

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Mugrabis dragged into Gagosian legal case

Ongoing lawsuit between the financier Ronald Perelman and the dealer Larry Gagosian

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Collector Eskandar Maleki sues long-time friend and adviser Amir Shariat over profits

Maleki alleges deals were undisclosed, Shariat countersues for malicious falsehood and defamation

Forgeriesarchive

Fakes still on the market as Knoedler victims sue

New lawsuits filed after we publish list of those who bought forgeries—some of which have not been traced

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Names of buyers deceived by Knoedler Gallery fakes disclosed

The document details museums, art dealers and private collectors who have brought charges against the gallery and its disgraced director

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Trade let down by court ruling

Decision on auction houses’ liability for fakes finds in favour of buyers—but only on a technicality

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Who sued whom: A comprehensive timeline of the Knoedler lawsuits

How a forgery scandal brought about the downfall of New York's most prestigious gallery

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Swiss collector Stephan Schmidheiny sentenced to 18-year term

Schmidheiny is to appeal the verdict, citing the charges relating to asbestos manufacturing as 'absurd'

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Collector Steven Brooks says Sotheby’s sold him Nazi art

Uncertainty over whether the work—once owned by Goering—was looted has apparently left it unsaleable

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Cambodian sculpture case will go to trial

Sotheby's sale halted as Cambodia demands its return

Knoedlerarchive

Knoedler saga shows no sign of abating after last month's settlement as multiple suits remain unresolved

Several of the New York gallery's representatives have been indicted for engineering the sale of Abstract Expressionist forgeries

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Victims of forgery are ‘left in limbo’ by legal proceedings

Recent high-profile trials mean collectors are wondering where to turn if they think they have fakes

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Indonesian tycoon Tong Djoe loses appeal in fake case

An Indonesian businessman has lost his appeal against claims that he sold a fake painting, according to reports in the Singapore press

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Dealer Gary Tatintsian takes Lew Nussberg to court over fake Malevich drawings after scientific analysis

The case has proved to be colourful, with Tatintsian counter suing Nussberg for at least $62m

Park West sued again

They deny selling fake Dalí works

Has peace broken out after the trial of Marion True?

One writer says the pressure on American museums has eased, but another insists Italian prosecutors remain combative

Paris foundation loses battle to cast bronzes from original Giacometti plasters

The decision, backed by the Zurich's Giacometti Stiftung and the Berthoud family, has been appealed

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Widow and ex-wife battle over Russian collector Mikhail de Boire’s icons

When his former wife gave part of $30m collection to the Pushkin Museum, his last wife called in lawyers to determine the fate of 75 icons from north Russia

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Lawyers, funds and money: How litigious is the art world?

And is litigation in the art world on the rise?

Dickinson to sue Luxembourg Art over Leonardo drawing

Fallout from Leonardo case sees London dealers locked in legal dispute

Leonardo case exposes back-room deals

A court ruling over commission on the sale of a drawing has revealed a complex web of payments

The Marion True case has concluded, but how does the former antiquities curator of the Getty Museum feel about the outcome?

“Neither condemned nor vindicated”: Marion True on why it is hard to accept the lack of verdict after her five-year trial

Museum Schloss Moyland banned from displaying images of Beuys performance

German court rules museum breached artist’s copyright by displaying photographs of 1964 happening

Marion True case set for final hearing?

After more than 5 years of hearings, the case is finally closing

Marion True, former Getty curator, trial collapses

Victims include prime minister’s father-in-law and an old master art dealer

Books: The cautionary tale of America’s other “Leonardo”

The painting that still languishes in a vault, despite nearly a century of squabbling

Artists and academics fight animal rights activists in US Supreme Court

Anti-censorship group believes law against images of cruelty limits artistic freedoms

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Collector and Madoff associate Ezra Merkin finds himself in court

He is accused of defrauding his investors, which include charities

Prince and Gagosian fight back over copyright

Response to lawsuit by French photographer claims images not “strikingly original”

Marion True trial: Expert archaeologist Rizzo ends prosecution testimony

As the testimony of the expert witness comes to a close, we look at what the next hearing will entail

Getty letters analysed in Marion True trial

The letters aid claims that the Getty Museum were aware of the origin of the illegally excavated artefacts

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Sotheby’s sues technology entrepreneur for non-payment

Defendant says auction house did not disclose its ownership of painting

Prince of Liechtenstein withdraws loans from Germany in dispute over leaked bank details

The Neue Pinakothek in Munich has been forced to cancel a major exhibition scheduled to open next month

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