California Bill Could Alter the Restitution of Nazi-Looted Art

On August 30, 2010, a bill was approved by California lawmakers allowing for the extension of the amount of time during which citizens in that state can sue museums, galleries, and auction houses for the recovery of stolen works of art.

“The incensed members of the California Association of Museums, however, believe that the bill is aimed at affecting the outcome of two pending lawsuits — one of which pits a California man against a Madrid museum for the return of a Pissarro painting his grandmother was forced to sell to the Nazis in 1939 — and have described the legislation in a letter to one of the bill’s sponsors as “unnecessary, unfair, unconstitutional, and disruptive” of property rights.”

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