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Congress Passes Important Law Governing Nazi-Looted Art Claims

Uniform statute of limitations period imposed

A new law signed by former President Obama on Dec. 16, 2016 addresses the Nazis’ theft of hundreds of thousands of artworks, an event that Congress has called “the ‘greatest displacement of art in human history.’”1 That law, the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery (HEAR) Act of 2016, establishes a uniform, federal statute of limitations (SOL) for claims seeking the recovery of artwork and certain other objects that were confiscate

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