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Republic of Turkey v. OKS Partners

Republic of Turkey v. OKS Partners, 797 F. Supp. 64 (D. Mass. 1992) (denying motion to dismiss), discovery motion granted in part and denied in part,146 F.R.D. 24 (D. Mass. 1993), summary judgment denied, No. 89-CV-2061, 1994 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17032 (D. Mass. June 8, 1994), summary judgment on different claims denied, No. 89-CV-3061-RGS, 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 23526 (D. Mass. Jan. 23, 1998). Settled in 1999.


In 1984, a large collection of ancient coins known as the “Elmali Hoard” was illegally excavated in southern Turkey and taken out of the country illegally.  In 1989, Turkey brought suit in federal court against William I. Koch and two partners who had purchased in Germany a collection of coins that the Turkish government claimed as the Elmali hoard. After a ten-year legal battle . . . .

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