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Altmann v. Austria

Altmann v. Austria, 142 F. Supp. 2d 1187 (C.D. Cal. 2001), aff’d, 317 F. 3d 952 (9th Cir. Cal. 2002), stay granted, 538 U.S. 1029 (2003), cert. granted in part, 539 U.S. 987 (2003), aff’d, 541 U.S. 677 (2004), remanded by 377 F. 3d 1105 (9th Cir. Cal. 2004), mot. denied, 335 F. Supp. 2d 1066 (C.D. Cal 2004).  

U.S. litigation in this case dealt with the narrow question of whether claims against a foreign government to reclaim works of art confiscated by the Nazis are barred under the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA) and State Department policies, both of which postdate the confiscation. In this case, Maria Altmann, a California resident, filed suit in a California federal court in 2000 against the Austrian government and . . . .

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