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Schoeps v. Bavaria (Bayern)

Schoeps v. Bayern, No. 13-cv-2048, slip op. (S.D.N.Y. June 27, 2014), aff'd by No. 14-2739, slip op. (2d Cir. May 22, 2015), petition for rehearing denied by slip op. (2d Cir. July 9, 2015).


In this case, the heirs of Paul von Mendelssohn-Bartholdy filed suit in federal court in New York against Munich’s Pinakothek Museum to recover a Picasso painting in the museum’s collection since 1965, which it refused to return. At issue was whether the work had been part of a

forced sale by Mendelssohn-Bartholdy in 1934, and whether a New York court had subject matter jurisdiction to hear the case under an exception to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.


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