Christie's, Sotheby's, EBay Say Calif. Royalties Law Illegal

Law360, New York (January 13, 2012, 2:19 PM EST) -- Auction companies Christie’s Inc., Sotheby’s Inc. and eBay Inc. fired back Thursday against three proposed class actions filed by artists over resale royalties allegedly owed to them under the California Resale Royalties Act, arguing that the law is unconstitutional.

In motions to dismiss the punitive class actions brought by artists in California federal court, Christie’s, Sotheby’s and eBay contended that the Royalties Act violates the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution by attempting to regulate interstate commerce.

“Because the CRRA expressly regulates commerce outside California, it...
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Estate of Robert Graham et al v. Sothebys Inc


Case Number

2:11-cv-08604

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California Central

Nature of Suit

Contract: Other

Judge

Michael W. Fitzgerald

Date Filed

October 18, 2011


Case Title

Sam Francis Foundation et al v. Christies Inc


Case Number

2:11-cv-08605

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California Central

Nature of Suit

Other Statutory Actions

Judge

Michael W. Fitzgerald

Date Filed

October 18, 2011


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Sam Francis Foundation et al v. eBay Inc


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2:11-cv-08622

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California Central

Nature of Suit

Other Statutory Actions

Judge

Michael W. Fitzgerald

Date Filed

October 18, 2011

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