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Adler v. Taylor

Adler v.Taylor, 2005 U.S. Dist. Lexis 5862 (C.D. Cal. Feb. 2, 2005) (dismissing plaintiffs’ suit for failure to state a claim), aff’d sub nom. Orkin v. Taylor, 487 F.3d 734 (9th Cir. May 18, 2007), cert denied, 2007 U.S. LEXIS 11852 (Oct. 29, 2007).

At issue in this case was the rightful ownership of a Van Gogh painting owned prior to World War II by a family that left Germany because of Nazi persecution. Plaintiffs, asserting that they recently discovered that the painting was in the collection of the actress Elizabeth Taylor, demanded its return. After Taylor concluded that plaintiffs did not have a timely or meritorious claim, she brought a declaratory judgment action in a California. . . .

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