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The disputed sculpture. Photo: Sotheby’s

A team of attorneys from Foley Hoag and Amineddoleh & Associates won a ruling on behalf of Greece in a fight over the ownership of an 8th century B.C. bronze horse sculpture.

In 2018, Sotheby’s announced it planned to auction the sculpture on behalf of the 2012 Saretta Barnet Revocable Trust. Greece’s Ministry of Culture and Sports then informed the auction house that according to Greece’s patrimony laws, the sculpture is the property of the Greek state, appears to have been illegally removed from Greek territory, and should be returned to Greece rather than sold. The trustees and Sotheby’s sued Greece in the Southern District of New York seeking declaratory relief on the disputed issue of ownership. Greece filed a motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction, arguing sovereign immunity.

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Jenna Greene

Jenna Greene is editor of The Litigation Daily and author of the "Daily Dicta" column. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and can be reached at [email protected].

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