Artists Urge 9th Circ. To Rescue Calif. Resale Royalty Law

Law360, Los Angeles (December 16, 2014, 10:48 PM EST) -- Visual artists seeking royalties on resale of their works by Christie's Inc., Sotheby's Inc. and eBay Inc. urged the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to restore California’s Resale Royalties Act and revive their class actions, saying the statute doesn’t violate the federal Commerce Clause.

The appeals court had ordered an en banc rehearing of the appeal by artists Chuck Close and Laddie John Dill, the estate of Robert Graham and the Sam Francis Foundation, who sought to overturn a district court’s ruling that wiped out the entire statute and dismissed with prejudice three punitive class actions brought by the artists seeking resale...

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