DeWeerth v. Baldinger
DeWeerth v. Baldinger, 658 F. Supp. 688 (S.D.N.Y. 1987), rev’d, 836 F.2d 103 (2d Cir. 1987), cert. denied, 486 U.S. 1056 (1988), remanded, 804 F. Supp. 539 (S.D.N.Y. 1992) (mem.) (granting relief from judgment), rev’d, 38 F.3d 1266 (2d Cir. 1994), cert. denied, 513 U.S. 1001 (1994).
The DeWeerth case, which took twelve years and two rounds in federal court to resolve, pitted a New York good faith purchaser of a Monet painting, “Champs de Blé à Vétheuil,” against a German citizen who claimed the work was stolen by American soldiers just after World War II. The federal court, where the case was brought, interpreting New York law, determined that the original owner had not exercised due or reasonable diligence in trying to locate her work and that thestatute of limitations to claim it had