Innocence is No Defense: Case Spotlights the Burden on the Owner

 
Client Advisory
June 27, 2011

This Client Advisory describes a recent case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in which the Court upheld the civil forfeiture of a stolen work of art. The Court's decision spotlights the burden on the innocent owner to prove a work was not stolen and stresses the importance for purchasers of art to confirm and preserve records of an artistic work’s provenance before purchase.

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