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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston v. Seger-Thomschitz

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston v. Seger-Thomschitz, No. 1:08-cv-10097 (D.Mass. 2009), aff'd 623 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2010), cert. denied, 131 S.Ct. 1612 (U.S. 2011).


In 2008, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (“MFA” or “Museum”) initiated a  declaratory judgment action in Massachusetts federal court to  quiet title to a Kokoschka painting that had been in the Museum’s collection since 1973. The District Court granted the Museum’s motion for summary judgment, determining that an ownership claim by the heir of the work’s pre-World War II owner was time-barred. The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit . . . .

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