Ninth Circuit Sides With Spanish Museum in Fight Over Nazi-Looted Art

A Ninth Circuit panel on Monday affirmed a federal judge’s determination that a Spanish museum is the rightful owner of a Camille Pissarro painting stolen from a Jewish family by Nazis, finding the museum sufficiently demonstrated it had no knowledge the masterpiece had been looted at the onset of World War II.

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Libel and Alleged Assassination Plot

A federal court in Texas refused to grant a preliminary injunction to Jason Lee Van Dyke in his libel case against an Thomas Retzlaff, who allegedly accused him of being Nazi, white supremacist, pedophile and drug addict. Van Dyke, an attorney who reportedly once represented the far-right group Proud Boys, has not shown a “substantial likelihood of success” on his claims, the court ruled.

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