"Statute of Limitations Issues in Looted-Art Cases"

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The Statute of Limitations in art restitution cases is complex.  Having to prove legitimate ownership is difficult enough but having to prove when the applicable Statute of Limitations gets triggered is often more difficult. Moreover, the elapsed time to restitution frequently causes problems in and of itself. Often times the reclaimed art ends up at auction, as elapsed time may mean the proliferation of generations of heirs. The art then has to be monetized to distribute shares among the progeny of the original inheritors.

The recent article by Chris Michaels in The Legal Intelligencer titled "Statute of Limitations Issues in Looted-Art Cases"  puts forth an excellent analysis on this topic.  Check it out!