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Restitution Case Against Czech Republic and Museums Dismissed

Posted by Nicholas O'Donnell on November 2, 2012 at 10:37 AM

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida has dismissed—for a second time—a lawsuit filed there by former attorney Edward Fagan seeking the restitution of various works of art in the National Gallery in Prague and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. A novel strategy of bringing the case not by the alleged heirs, but rather by a former lawyer in cooperation with those alleged heirs, was rejected by the court on its own initiative.

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Topics: Michal Klepetář, National Gallery in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Victims of Holocaust Art Theft, Restitution, Edward Fagan, World War II, Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, Richard and Regina Popper, Czech Republic

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