Disbarred attorney Ed Fagan re-files Holocaust art lawsuit

South Florida Business Journal 11 July 2012
By Paul Brinkmann

Disbarred attorney Edward Fagan, now based in Boca Raton, re-filed a Holocaust artwork lawsuit on Tuesday that had been dismissed a day earlier.

U.S. District Judge James Cohn had tossed out Fagan’s lawsuit on Monday because there was no attorney involved and Fagan was purporting to represent an organization he formed, Victims of Holocaust Art Theft.

But on Tuesday, Fagan re-filed the suit with only himself as a plaintiff, suing the Czech Republic, the National Gallery in Prague and the Museum of Decorative Arts of Prague for $50 million.

Fagan is suing on a claim he purchased from Michael Klepetar, a Czech national pursuing claims as the nephew of once-wealthy Holocaust victims Richard and Regina Popper. Nazis seized the Popper Art Collection when the Poppers were sent to Lodz, a Polish concentration camp where they were killed. Some of the artwork, including pieces by old masters, resurfaced in national public collections.

Fagan is known as one of the attorneys who worked on obtaining $1.25 billion from Swiss banks in the 1990s over funds belonging to Holocaust victims and their heirs. But some of the people he represented filed ethics complaints against him. He was also accused of misappropriating client money and was disbarred in New Jersey and New York.

The Sun-Sentinel broke a story about Fagan filing suit in South Florida in May.
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