Auction Houses Want Atty Fees After Beating Art Resale Suit

Law360, New York (November 23, 2016, 2:55 PM EST) -- Christie’s, Sotheby’s and eBay are now demanding to have their legal bills repaid after twice beating class action litigation aimed at forcing them to pay royalties to artists under California’s art resale law.

The three auctioneers spent more than five years beating back the lawsuits, filed by artists who say that they are owed royalties after their works are resold under California’s Resale Royalty Act.

A federal judge declared the entire Royalty Act itself unconstitutional in 2012, but the case was then partially revived by the...
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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

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Other Statutory Actions

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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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