February 2023 – Meaghan Gragg and Sigrid Jernudd authored an article in Law360 advising attorneys who work with antiquities collectors to recommend that their clients carefully consider the provenance and history of the objects in their collections. This follows the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office claim that it has the legal ability to recover stolen or looted antiquities from a good faith purchaser “regardless of when or where it was stolen.”

“Attorneys should advise collectors of the risks of ongoing investigations and to consider updating their own policies to identify and – where necessary – return potentially looted objects,” they write. “This is particularly important when advising on the sale or display of antiquities, which may attract additional attention, or where a client has had contact with a known or suspected trafficker.”

Gragg and Jernudd cited the recent examples of Shelby White and Michael Steinhardt, both of whom the DA’s Office investigated regarding collecting activities, as well its repatriation of hundreds of antiquities from the collections of dealer Subhash Kapoor to India and Pakistan.

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