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Westfield v. Federal Republic of Germany

Westfield v. Federal Republic of Germany, No. 3:09-cv-0204 (D. Tenn. July 28, 2009), aff’d, 633 F.3d 409 (6th Cir. 2011).

In this case, which hinged on the definition and interpretation of an exception to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act ("FSIA"), Fred Westfield and other heirs of Walter Westfeld, a German-Jewish art dealer in the 1930s, sought to recover from Germany the value of his artworks and tapestries seized by the Nazis during World War II. The plaintiffs argued that

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