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Case Summary

Fletcher v. Doig

Fletcher v. Doig, No. 13-cv-03270 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 23, 2016).

This unusual case involving the

attribution of a painting stemmed from the existence of two Canadian artists with nearly identical names. This coincidence led a federal judge in Illinois to require prominent Canadian artist Peter Doig to prove that he was not the painter of a work he had disavowed. The owner of the disputed painting had filed suit against Doig, asserting that he was indeed the creator of the work and his wrongful disavowal had substantially decreased the painting’s value.

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