Litigation

Former dealer Angela Gulbenkian is sentenced to three and a half years for defrauding art clients

Charges involved sale of a £1.1m Yayoi Kusama pumpkin sculpture that was never delivered and the theft of £50,000 that a friend had given her to invest

Stand and deliver: the $950m ‘art hostage situation’ involving paintings by Malevich and Goncharova

In a long-running legal battle, the Shchukin Gallery seeks the return of five paintings worth $63m that the gallery says were taken by a Russian financier

Maine attorney general says that Robert Indiana’s estate was overcharged by as much as $3.7m in legal fees

State office demands that the artist's executor, James W. Brannan, return that “excessive” amount to the estate

Lawnews

‘Completely unacceptable’: Nan Goldin attacks proposed settlement in opioid crisis

Artist says the reported deal is a cynical attempt to avoid significant restitution

Litigationcomment

The elephant in the room: the rise of art-related lawsuits

Worthy causes can often disguise more opportunistic motives

Russian billionaire Dmitri Rybolovlev charged in corruption probe brought by Monaco police

The formal investigation follows his detainment earlier this week related to an ongoing spat with the art dealer Yves Bouvier

Lawnews

Richard Prince defends reuse of others’ photographs

In court motions, he argues that his appropriation explores the virtual world of social media

Russian billionaire Rybolovlev sues Sotheby’s for $380m in fraud damages

The mega-collector’s latest lawsuit, filed in New York, escalates his three-year legal feud with Swiss dealer Yves Bouvier

Art marketarchive

New York family at war in legal dispute over sale of multi-million-dollar Reinhardt

Court told that abstract work said to be of “no value” was resold for up to $10m just months later at Art Basel

Trust no one: victory for Gagosian in two-year case

Court concludes that dealers’ statements of value are legally meaningless

Disputesarchive

Gagosian and Perelman urged to settle dispute

Many famous figures of the art world are caught up in the drama

Newsarchive

Warburg ‘safe’ after legal ruling

But University of London also claims victory—and costs could be up to £1m

Dubious Degas bronzes continue to cause friction as New York dealer sues businessman Yank Barry for contract breaches and missed payments

Walter Maibaum claims to have not seen proper payment for the sculptures, accusing Barry of neglecting various agreements

Economicsarchive

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

And is litigation in the art world on the rise?

Collector Robert Wylde sues Gagosian

Further legal woes for the the gallery

Spanish royal seal of approval for Dalí’s Florida home

Meanwhile in Europe, the artist’s foundation battles “pseudo museums” to protect his brand

Newsarchive

Case against Warhol Foundation withdrawn

Joe Simon-Whelan spent three years trying to prove authenticity of a painting depicting the artist himself

Calder in Chicago’s Willis tower in legal battle

Former owners of the building stake their claim over the 1974 piece Universe

Art marketarchive

Joe Simon-Whelan's Warhol authenticity claim over

Simon-Whelan says he lacks the financial resources to pursue his case

Park West sued by customers who demand refunds for "fake" works

The gallery dismisses the suit as a “smear campaign”

Rauschenberg sues artist for selling his trash

Robert Francis Montgomery's dumpster diving has landed him in litigation

Newsarchive

Burri estate war is over

Eleven-year dispute has been settled out of court

Art marketarchive

Warhol board faces threat of class action

Movie producer Joe Simon-Whelan sues, believing his work is genuine

Art marketarchive

Appeal over Peter Brant ownership of Warhol

Ms Lindholm has been attempting to regain Warhol's Red Elvis since 2000

Nazi Loot Picasso case can proceed in California

Marilynn Alsdorf had hoped the case would be thrown out of court

Bacon Estate alleges artist was blackmailed by Marlborough

Potentially key witnesses, David Sylvester, Gilbert de Botton and Gilbert Lloyd, are all dead

Looted artarchive

Art dealer Adam Williams found guilty after 11 years of litigation

Williams will not appeal French court decision, citing health reasons

Disputesarchive

Bacon Estate v. Marlborough gallery to go to High Court in January

Litigation may reveal the operations of one of London’s leading galleries and its Liechtenstein subsidiary

Marlborough wins suit against Schwitters estate

Bacon executor denies parallels with its own case

Picasso case determines that faith in dealers should be warranted

Court says non-professional buyers do not have to check “provenance”

Marlborough sued over Bacon estate

Artist allegedly exploited and heir denied his inheritance

Museumsarchive

MoMA legal fees in Schiele suit disclosed

The museum has spent over $250,000 contesting the attempted subpoena of two paintings

The battle over copyright: Even in death, Dalí spreads chaos

Millions of dollars from reproduction rights, hundreds of thousands of fakes and the authority to authenticate works are at stake. The Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, set up to care for his work, claims that Demart, which administers his intellectual property rights, is failing to do its job

Interview with Brian Clarke on the Bacon estate: In litigation mode

The new sole executor of Bacon's estate talks in his first public interview about the teams of lawyers now working to see that the artist’s beneficiary, John Edwards, receives precisely what Francis intended him to receive. And that is everything

Rauschenberg posts bail for his works

The artist has reached a settlement to allow his works to continue touring after being sued by an art consultant

Rauschenbergs confiscated from exhibition

Police take works of art off the walls to recover $5.5 million debt

Descharnes wins back Dali rights from Spanish State

Dali's former secretary has been successful in his appeal

Newsarchive

Warhol lawyer loses $1.35 million in court ruling

Mr Hayes was told that he was only owed $3.5 million

Looted artarchive

Daniel Wildenstein in fight to recover a Boldini stolen by the Nazis

Would Italian law allow this picture to revert to the original owner?

Divorce in casa Dalí as Gala-Dalí Foundation and Spain seize control

State and Foundation cancel their contract with Descharnes, the artist’s former secretary and administrator of copyright

Embattled Warhol estate fights legal fees

Christie's in the dock over whether Warhol's estate is worth $220 million or $558 million

Newsarchive

Warhol estate claims artist should not have died

A settlement has been reached in the matter

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