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21 September 2017 Ruling of US District Court Southern District of New York in suit of Oliver Williams et al (heirs of Margarete Moll) v National Gallery of Art London

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Margarete Moll’s relatives sued the National Gallery of Art in September 2016, claiming they lost Henri Matisse’s 1908 oil painting “Portrait of Greta Moll” during the Allied occupation of Germany in World War II. But U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni ruled that plaintiffs Oliver Williams et al. failed to establish jurisdiction under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, failed to establish that there had been an illegal taking, and that “even if plaintiffs could allege such facts, their claims are time-barred.” The case was dismissed with prejudice. To read the ruling, click here.

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