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Hoelzer v. City of Stamford

Hoelzer v. City of Stamford, 722 F. Supp. 1106 (S.D.N.Y. 1989), aff’d, 933 F.2d 1131 (2d Cir. 1991), awarding damages, No. 89 Civ. 641 (S.D.N.Y. 1992), modified, 972 F.2d 495 (2d Cir. 1992), cert. denied, 506 U.S. 1035 (1992).

A series of Works Progress Administration wall murals by James Daugherty were inadvertently removed from a high school in Stamford, Connecticut, in 1970 and, unbeknownst to city officials, sent for restoration. In 1980, Stamford located the murals. A dispute over 

title arose between the city and the restorer, Hiram Hoelzer . . . .

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