Calif. Nazi-Looted Art Statute Preempted: 9th Circ.

Law360, New York (August 21, 2009, 6:18 PM EDT) -- A California statute giving artwork owners and their heirs the right to sue to reclaim works stolen by Nazis is preempted by federal law, an appeals court has affirmed while leaving the door open for the daughter-in-law of a dead Jewish art dealer to recover two paintings she alleges were looted during the Holocaust.

In a 2-1 ruling Aug. 19 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed that the federal government's exclusive foreign affairs powers preempt a California law regarding the recovery of...
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