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Chamberlain v. Cocola Assoc.

 Chamberlain v. Cocola Assoc., No. 2:89-cv-02103 (C.D. Cal. Aug. 6, 1990); rev'd and remanded, 958 F.2d 282 (9th Cir. Mar. 3, 1992). Settled April 1993.

In this dispute over ownership of a John Chamberlain sculpture, the Ninth Circuit examined a California statute concerning the transfer of ownership in a work of art when other specific rights to the art work are being transferred. The Ninth Circuit ruled that the law did not mandate a written agreement to transfer title to a work of art; a written agreement was only necessary when title to the work was being transferred along with . . . .

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