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Goldman v. Barnett

Goldman v. Barnett, 793 F. Supp. 28 (D. Mass. 1992).

Plaintiff David A. Goldman bought over 60 paintings, including 12 by Milton Avery, from art dealer and defendant David Barnett for over $1 million. Barnett sold many of the Milton Avery paintings on 

consignment from the Milton Avery Trust, of which defendants Sally M. Avery, March A. Cavanaugh, and Augusta M. Green were trustees. Barnett provided appraisals for all but one of the paintings he sold Goldman. Goldman alleged that the appraisals and selling price greatly overvalued the paintings and brought action against the defendants for fraud, negligent misrepresentation, negligence, breach of contract, breach of a covenant of good faith and fair dealing, breach of warranty, and violating Massachusetts state statutes.

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