Calif. Royalties Act Constitutional, Artists Tell 9th Circ.

Law360, Los Angeles (April 8, 2014, 6:56 PM EDT) -- Artists trying to recover royalties on resale of their works by Christie's Inc., Sotheby's Inc. and eBay Inc. on Tuesday urged the Ninth Circuit to restore California’s Resale Royalties Act and revive their class actions, saying a lower court erred in ruling the statute violates the federal Commerce Clause.

During oral arguments in Pasadena, Calif., Eric George of Browne George Ross LLP, representing artists Chuck Close and Laddie John Dill, the estate of Robert Graham and the Sam Francis Foundation, urged the appeals court to overturn U.S. Circuit Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen’s ruling, which wiped out the entire statute and dismissed with...

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