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  • Artist, Authorship & Legacy: A Reader

    Center For Art Law

    October 15, 2019

  • Andy Warhol Foundation Wins Copyright Lawsuit Over Prince Portrait & More Art World Headlines

    Andy Warhol Foundation Wins Copyright Lawsuit Over Prince Portrait

    July 26, 2019

  • New York’s Appellate Division Upholds Return of Artworks to Heirs

    Diverse Decisions on Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act

    July 17, 2019

    Two recent decisions touch upon the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act, which expanded the timeliness for actions to recover Nazi-looted artworks. The first decision by the Second Circuit allowed the Metropolitan Museum of Art to keep in its collection a monumental work by Pablo Picasso. The second upheld the return to the heirs of two gouaches by the Viennese modern artist Egon Schiele.
  • Second Circuit Holds New York’s Met Museum Can Keep Picasso’s The Actor

    NY’s Met Museum Keeps Possession of “Monumental” Picasso

    July 2, 2019

    In the 1930s, Paul Friedrich Leffmann, a successful German-Jewish entrepreneur, was forced to sell his home and business and flee from Germany to Italy. In 1938, Leffmann and his wife sold their Picasso, The Actor, to escape the Nazi regime’s growing influence in Italy and relocate to Brazil. On the grounds that the 1938 sale was under duress, Leffmann’s great-grandniece and sole heir sought replevin of the painting from New York’s Metropolitan Museum Art, which had acquired it nearly 58 years ago.
  • Sotheby’s Goes Private & More Art World Headlines

    Sotheby’s Goes Private & More Art World Headlines

    June 28, 2019

    When the art world makes headlines, it becomes clear just how important the field is to all of us. From the sale of Sotheby’s auction house to a private owner, to a Ferrari judicially declared a work of art, to the story of UK artists’ work with “deepfake” video technology, Wilson Elser’s Art Law practice features summaries of recent world art news reports, including Hong Kong’s protests of planned extradition laws to a new viewing experience for the Mona Lisa.
  • Lost Lewis Chessman Stored in Drawer Could Fetch $1.3 Million at Auction & More Art World Headlines

    Lost Lewis Chessman & More Art World Headlines

    June 17, 2019

    When the art world makes headlines, it becomes clear just how important the field of at law is to all of us. From the upcoming sale at auction of a lost Lewis Chessman, to a cruise ship crashing into Venice Harbor, to the auction of Madonna’s personal possessions, Wilson Elser’s Art Law practice features summaries of recent news reports pertaining to art law and art markets.
  • The Deadliest Laptop in the World Is Up for Art Auction & More Art World Headlines

    The Deadliest Laptop in the World & More Art World Headlines

    May 31, 2019

    When the art world makes headlines, it becomes clear just how important the field is to all of us. From the upcoming sale at auction of the artwork that incorporates six of the world’s deadliest computer viruses, to a notorious master forger now auctioning off his works, to the discovery of a cache of Weegee’s lost photographs  in a Seattle home, Wilson Elser’s Art Law practice features summaries of recent news reports pertaining to art law and art markets.
  • Claude Monet’s Haystacks Painting Breaks Records at Auction & More Art World Headlines

    Claude Monet’s Haystacks & More Art World Headlines

    May 20, 2019

    When the art world makes headlines, it becomes clear just how important the field is to all of us. From the recent record-breaking sale of one of art history’s most evocative Impressionist images, to the national debate over the fate of Confederate monuments, to science helping hidden art emerge again in one of Vermeer’s greatest works, Wilson Elser’s Art Law Blog features summaries of recent news reports pertaining to art law and art markets.
  • U.S. Supreme Court Provides Clear Guidance for Copyright Litigants

    DRI: The Voice

    May 2, 2019

  • A Perfectly Preserved Tomb Discovered Near Cairo & More Art World Headlines

    A Perfectly Preserved Tomb Discovered Near Cairo & More Art World Headlines

    May 3, 2019

    When the art world makes headlines, it becomes clear just how important the field is to all of us. From the discovery of a perfectly preserved 4,000-year-old tomb near Egypt’s capital, to Europe’s cultural heritage repatriation efforts, to the establishment of a new registry intended to protect street art in Chicago, Wilson Elser’s Art Law practice features summaries of recent news reports pertaining to art law and art markets.
  • Notre Dame de Paris & More Art World Headlines

    April 17, 2019

    When the art world makes headlines, it becomes clear just how important the field is to all of us. From Notre Dame de Paris suffering a devastating fire, to the first-ever photograph of a Black Hole, to the discovery of ancient treasures in Lake Titicaca, Peru, Wilson Elser’s Art Law Perspectives blog features summaries of recent news reports pertaining to art law and art markets.
  • U.S. Supreme Court Weighs in on Nontaxable Costs Recoverable in Copyright Suits and Standing to Sue

    Nontaxable Costs Recoverable in Copyright Suits & Standing to Sue

    April 10, 2019

    In March 2019 the U.S. Supreme Court issued decisions in two copyright cases, both of which concern narrow issues of statutory interpretation and are examples of matters that the Court addresses to ensure uniformity in the decisions of the lower courts.
  • Copyright Is No Monkey Business, Rules the Ninth Circuit

    Ninth Circuit Affirms “Monkey-Selfie” Ruling

    April 30, 2018

    A recent Ninth Circuit ruling serves as a reminder to litigants that a federal appellate court may choose to rule on matters it considers significant, despite a settlement that was reached possibly to avoid creating unfavorable precedent.

  • Week in Review Blog

    Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Blog

    April 27, 2018

  • Street Artists Awarded $6.75 Million in Damages Against Developer Who Whitewashed Artworks Covering His Buildings

    Street Artists Awarded $6.75 Million

    February 26, 2018

    The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York has awarded $6.75 million in statutory damages to 21 aerosol artists whose works were intentionally destroyed by the owner of the buildings on which they were painted. While this case has already been appealed to the Second Circuit, the ruling is of significance to artists and to property owners that have artworks in or on their buildings protected under the Visual Artists Rights Act.

  • Where Moral Rights May Conflict with the Removal of Confederate Statues

    New York Law Journal

    December 14, 2017

  • 2017 ESI Case Law Update

    August 2017

  • 2016 ESI Case Law Update

    August 2016

    Wilson Elser is pleased to provide the 2016 ESI Case Law Update, our annual compendium of cases dealing with issues and developments surrounding electronically stored information (ESI). It is a rare case that does not involve the preservation, review and production of ESI.  Your knowledge of the tools and regulations could mean the difference between sanctions and compliance.

  • "Personal injury" coverage and climate change liability: why policyholders may target this coverage in responding to climate change suits based on nuisance claims

    March 2010

    In December 2009 and January 2010 Environmental Alerts, Wilson Elser reported on several  recent federal court decisions concerning whether to allow private claims predicated on the federal common law of nuisance against parties whose greenhouse gas emissions have allegedly contributed to global warming.  As reported in the previous alerts, the courts addressing this issue have reached conflicting conclusions as to whether such claims may stand.
  • Emerging coverage issues of new EPA-proposed climate change regulation

    May 2009

    The risks that the insurance industry as a whole, and liability insurers in particular, face are being altered by climate change.   Experts may debate the scope of investment that the world needs to make to combat global warming, but the forecasts are all measured in trillions of dollars.