Artist's Estate Sues Slew Of Galleries Over Royalties

Law360, New York (November 2, 2011, 4:26 PM EDT) -- The estate of painter Sam Francis on Tuesday hit California art galleries with a spate of class actions alleging the art dealers had unlawfully failed to pay artists' resale royalties on works of fine art sold in the state.

The Sam Francis Foundation filed separate suits in California Superior Court in Los Angeles and San Francisco counties against major art galleries, including Hamilton-Selway Fine Art, the Manny Silverman Gallery, Ace Gallery, Leslie Sacks Fine Art and Hackett Mill. 

The art galleries failed to pay artists 5...
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