Lawsuits

MoMA trustee Leon Black accused of rape

A lawsuit claims that the billionaire sexually assaulted a woman in Jeffrey Epstein's New York mansion

Qatari sheikh wins £4.2m lawsuit against prominent London dealer John Eskenazi

While the judge decided the defendant sold the works in good faith, he ruled that all seven objects purchased by the sheikh are fakes

Major insurance claims spark questions over ‘damaged art’

A spate of recent high-profile cases demonstrate ongoing challenges for the sector

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More artists leave König gallery amid 'sexual misconduct' allegations against its founder Johann König

Monica Bonvicini's departure from the gallery's roster is one of many in recent months

Crime news

Suspected Old Master forger Giuliano Ruffini—wanted by French police—cannot be found

The French dealer, who is accused of helping sell a series of forged paintings, has had a warrant out for his arrest since 2019

Ye must pay: Miami art space sues artist formerly known as Kanye West for overdue rent

Surface Area, an art and retail showroom in Miami’s Design District, says the embattled artist owes $145,813 for a month-long rental

Paris court dismisses bribery charges brought against Marlborough Gallery, French curator and artist’s family

The charges, brought ten years ago by a rival gallerist, revolved around allegations that a curator at France’s national museum of Asian art had received favours in exchange for organising a Chu Teh-Chun exhibition

US court dismisses Nazi-era Guelph Treasure restitution claim

The heirs of Jewish dealers, who allegedly sold the medieval collection to the Prussian government under duress due to Nazi persecution, may appeal the ruling

New York Attorney General's investigation into Sotheby's alleged tax fraud widens

Letitia James's office is seeking information on more than 50 collectors related to a 2020 lawsuit against the auction house

Netflix sued for defamation by writer depicted in Anna Delvey series

Rachel Williams, a friend of Anna Sorokin’s who ultimately assisted authorities in having her arrested, claims ‘Inventing Anna’ is a “hatchet job”

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne and estranged husband Tom Girardi’s art collection up for sale in court-ordered auction

Works by Miro, Hockney and Glenna Goodacre are among those being sold to pay off creditors as couple face allegations of embezzlement

Battle over Henry Darger’s legacy escalates as artist’s estate sues landlords who saved his work

Representatives of the artist’s estate are suing Darger’s longtime landlords, who brought his work to light after his death, for copyright infringement

Divorce dispute over Jackson Pollock collage returns to court

The fate of the work, valued at around $175,000, can now be determined independently from the high-profile divorce of a former Connecticut state senator and a Wall Street banker

Artists fail to win lawsuit over erased murals at San Francisco queer bar

The property owner has been cleared of whitewashing LGBTQ art works at the Stud Bar

Artist can take Maurizio Cattelan to court over banana work, says Florida judge

Joe Morford claims that the viral Comedian piece infringes copyright on his own duct tape work Banana & Orange

Photographer's abandoned Prince book at the root of a years-long legal dispute

Allen Beaulieu, who worked as Prince’s photographer during the musician’s formative years, wanted to produce a book of his best work from the era, but claims his collaborators had other plans

Paris court rejects wax sculptor’s claim he is the true creator of eight Maurizio Cattelan works

Daniel Druet, who created hyperrealist likenesses of Pope John Paul II, Hitler and others for Cattelan, was seeking €6m in compensation and to be declared the works’ “sole author”

‘No mere monkey business’: creators of Bored Apes NFTs sue artist Ryder Ripps for trademark infringement

The artist defended his series as “a protest against and parody of” the prized monkey illustrations

Peter Max saga continues, as his daughter struggles to gain guardianship of the dementia-stricken Pop artist

The artist has been the subject of legal complaints for years regarding both his business and personal care

Lawsuit challenging Trump Tower Black Lives Matter mural is dismissed

The lawsuit was brought by a women’s group that supported former president Trump and had sought to create its own mural near the Manhattan skyscraper

Dealer Inigo Philbrick sentenced to seven years in prison

Philbrick pleaded guilty to an $86m fraud in November in one of the art world's highest-profile criminal lawsuits in decades

NFTnews

NFTs ruled as digital assets after Singapore court freezes blockchain sale of Bored Ape

Collector has won a court injunction to stop the sale of an NFT that was used as collateral against a loan

Enormous mural on California dam may be removed after attempts to secure legal protections fail

The 80,000 sq. ft ‘Bicentennial Freedom Mural’ was marked for removal due to levels of lead in the paint used to make it and its deteriorating condition

US Supreme Court sends dispute over Nazi-looted Pissarro back to California court, reopening door for restitution claim

The Supreme Court's unanimous decision, written by Justice Elena Kagan, revolved around the question of which jurisdiction’s law to apply in cases where a foreign government is sued in US court

Israel Museum in Jerusalem sued by Jewish heirs of Holocaust victim over valuable manuscript

The case of the Birds' Head Haggadah is the first time a museum in Israel has faced a restitution lawsuit for an object allegedly lost in the Holocaust

Artist resale rights organisations launch UK High Court action against multi-millionaire art dealer and collector Ivor Braka

The Artists’ Collecting Society and the Design and Artists Copyright Society say Braka has refused to disclose information on secondary market sales since royalties legislation was introduced in 2006

Artist sues grocery store chain for unauthorised use of his mural in Super Bowl commercial narrated by Oprah Winfrey

The lawsuit, a re-filing of a case that originated in 2019, revolves around a commercial that prominently features a mural artist Chris Williams made in Des Moines, Iowa

Digital art company claims it is owed millions from NFT sales in lawsuit against artist

DigiArt is suing artist Danny Casale, also known as Coolman Coffeedan, for allegedly producing more than 10,000 NFTs in breach of their contract

California police officers’ lawsuit over Black Lives Matter mural is dismissed

Six police officers in the Silicon Valley city of Palo Alto claimed the mural was discriminatory, constituted harassment and that they had faced retaliation for speaking out

Appeals court sides with Phillips in dispute with Chinese collector over auction of Gerhard Richter fighter jet painting

The decision, the latest (and possibly last) in a legal saga that stretches back to 2015, upholds a 2021 decision in the auction house’s favour