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Seltzer v. Morton

Seltzer v. Morton et al., 154 P.3d 561 (Sup. Ct. Mont. 2007).



After plaintiff Steve Seltzer, a professional art authenticator, provided an opinion that a painting owned by Steve Morton was a work by his late grandfather Olaf Seltzer, rather than by Seltzer’s more famous contemporary, the Western artist, Charles M. Russell, Morton sued Seltzer in federal court demanding that he recant his opinion and pay damages. The case was dismissed when Morton was unable to provide expertise refuting Seltzer’s opinion.  Seltzer then sued Morton, his attorney, and his attorney’s law firm, Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher, LLP (GDC), for malicious prosecution and abuse of process. . . .

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