Los Angeles Daily Journal
September 11, 2004
IN BRIEF / LOS ANGELES
Hearing Date Is Set in Nazi-Seized Art Case
An 88-year-old Los Angeles woman cleared another legal hurdle Friday in her
battle to recover six paintings worth about $150 million that the Nazis
seized from her family in Vienna in 1939.
U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper rejected the Austrian government's
motion to dismiss the lawsuit by Maria V. Altmann. Cooper set an Oct. 18
hearing to fix a trial date.
The paintings by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt have been on display in the
Austrian Gallery. The most famous of them depicts Altmann's late aunt, Adele
Bloch-Bauer, a well-known arts patron in prewar Vienna.
Altmann has been trying to recover the pieces since 1998.
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