Supreme Court sides with Germany in Nazi-era art dispute

The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, as the justices begin a new term Photo: AP/ J. Scott Applewhite. The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, as the justices begin a new term

Associated Press
Created: February 03, 2021 10:27 AM

The Supreme Court is making it harder for a multimillion-dollar lawsuit involving centuries-old religious artworks obtained by the Nazis from Jewish art dealers to continue in U.S. courts.

The court ruled unanimously Wednesday in a case involving the 1935 sale of a collection of medieval Christian artwork called the Guelph Treasure. The heirs of the art dealers contended the sale of the works, now said to be worth at least $250 million, was done under pressure.

Germany disagreed and argued that the case did not belong in the American legal system.

The justices said the heirs had not at this point shown that federal law allowed them to bring their case in U.S. courts. The court sent the case back for additional arguments.


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