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Calif. Art Royalties Law Only Applies To 1977 Sales: 9th Circ.

Law360 (July 6, 2018, 8:44 PM EDT) -- A Ninth Circuit panel ruled Friday that California’s Resale Royalties Act, effective since 1977, only applies to art sales conducted prior to the 1978 effective date of the federal Copyright Act, mostly affirming a lower court’s dismissal of long-running class action litigation against Christie's Inc., Sotheby's Inc. and eBay Inc.

The appellate panel’s decision effectively quashed three consolidated cases that artists Chuck Close, Laddie John Dill, Robert Graham and The Sam Francis Foundation brought against the auction companies in October 2011.

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Case Title

Chuck Close, et al v. Sotheby's, Inc.


Case Number

16-56234

Court

Appellate - 9th Circuit

Nature of Suit

4190 Other Contract Actions

Date Filed

August 29, 2016


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The Sam Francis Foundation, et al v. Christie's, Inc.


Case Number

16-56235

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Appellate - 9th Circuit

Nature of Suit

3890 Other Statutory Actions

Date Filed

August 29, 2016


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The Sam Francis Foundation, et al v. eBay Inc.


Case Number

16-56252

Court

Appellate - 9th Circuit

Nature of Suit

3890 Other Statutory Actions

Date Filed

August 31, 2016

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