Oklahoma City, OK. Nixon Peabody is representing the University of Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma Foundation, Inc. (OU Foundation), regarding the defense of an internationally lauded art-sharing settlement that established a model for how to fairly and justly settle modern day art restitution cases. Heralded as a first-of-its-kind U.S.-France international art-sharing agreement, the settlement was negotiated by Thaddeus Stauber, partner and leader of Nixon Peabody’s Arts and Cultural Institutions practice, and approved by the U.S. and French courts in 2016. The written and signed agreement between the University of Oklahoma and OU Foundation and French claimant, Léone Meyer, ensures Camille Pissarro’s Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep (1886) oil painting would remain on public display as it rotates between a French public institution and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (FJJMA) at the University of Oklahoma. In violation of the agreement, Ms. Meyer now seeks to attempt to sequester and retain the artwork in France while challenging the validity of the settlement agreement.
Nixon Peabody’s legal team is led by Mr. Stauber and includes Complex Commercial Disputes partners and members of the Arts and Cultural Institutions team Kristin Jamberino and Sarah André. Nixon Peabody’s co-counsel includes Olivier de Baecque of de Baecque Avocats in Paris, and Michael Avery and Michael McClintock of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma.
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