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Malevich v. City of Amsterdam

Malewicz v. City of Amsterdam, 362 F. Supp. 2d 298 (D.D.C. 2005), denying mot. to dismiss, No. 05-5145, 2006 U.S. App. LEXIS 615 (D.C. Cir. 2006) (dismissing the case for lack of appellate jurisdiction), mot. to dismiss on different grounds denied, 517 F. Supp. 2d 322 (D.D.C. 2007).


Heirs of the Russian artist Kazimir Malewicz (more commonly spelled "Malevich") brought suit in U.S. federal court against the City of Amsterdam to recover 14 artworks that the City’s Stedelijk Museum, a municipal institution, had loaned to two American museums. The works were among a group of about one hundred pieces that the heirs claimed to own, allegedly because the museum had acquired them illegally in 1957. The City moved to dismiss the case under the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act and the Act of State Doctrine, but the District Court for the District of  Columbia . . . .

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