Grossman LLP Secures Win After 3-Day Trial in Lawsuit for Return of Stolen Painting
12/15/2020A painting by an American modernist artist that was stolen from a major corporate art collection over thirty-years ago and replaced with a skilled forgery will be returning home after more than two years of litigation.
The artwork’s most recent possessors—a New York family who purchased the work in 1993 from a Manhattan art gallery—initiated the lawsuit in federal court in Illinois in 2018. En route to trial, Grossman LLP achieved two important preliminary wins in the case, first securing a transfer of the case from Illinois to New York, and then, this past summer, obtaining a ruling that the company’s replevin claims are timely as a matter of law.
Following a three-day bench trial in November, District Judge Lorna Schofield of the Southern District of New York granted judgment in favor of the company on its declaratory-judgment and replevin claims, finding that it had successfully demonstrated superior title to the painting, free of any claims by its current possessors.
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