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“Woman in Black Pinafore” by Egon Schiele, former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau

As worldwide efforts by Jewish heirs to reclaim Nazi-looted art continue to surge—a movement that some say former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau fueled with his bold 1998 seizure of the MOMA’s “Dead City III” painting—an art-restitution lawsuit launched in Manhattan state court appears to be growing in importance.

Impassioned oral argument unfolded in the case earlier this month before a lively Appellate Division, First Department bench, with justices challenging the lawyers while often barely waiting for each other to finish, or repeating a question until a better answer was given.

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Jason Grant

Jason Grant is a staff writer covering legal stories and cases for the New York Law Journal, the National Law Journal and Law.com, and a former practicing attorney. He's written and reported previously for the New York Times, the Star-Ledger, the L.A. Times and other publications. Contact him at [email protected] On Twitter, pls find him @JasonBarrGrant

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