Erisoty v. Rizik
Erisoty v. Rizik, No. 93-6215, (E.D. Pa. 1995), aff’d without comment, No. 95-1807, (3d Cir. 1996).
A Giaquinto Painting entitled “Winter” was stolen in 1960 and restituted to Jacqueline Rizik and Philip Rizik by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“F.B.I.”) in 1993. The F.B.I. retrieved it from Steven Erisoty, who, along with several relatives, had purchased the painting at auction in 1989 and had spent several years restoring the badly damaged canvas. The Erisotys brought suit seeking an award of title to the work or, alternatively, seeking damages on aquantum meruit theory. The court held that. . . .