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Wertheimer v. Cirker’s Hayes Storage Warehouse Inc.

Wertheimer v. Cirker’s Hayes Storage Warehouse Inc., No. 105575/00, slip op. (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Sept. 28, 2001), aff’d, 300 A.D.2d 117 (N.Y. App. Div. 2002).

In this case which is significant for the innovative and rare use of 

laches to bar an action for the return of a stolen art work, a New York plaintiff’s claim forreplevin of a Pissarro painting allegedly stolen in France in 1940 and acquired for resale in 1999 by an art dealer in the U.S. was dismissed. This case also dealt with the issue of  choice of law . . . .

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