Cenedella v. Metropolitan Museum of Art et al.


Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP successfully advised the museums on the case

On December 19, 2018, the Firm scored a victory for five New York art museums when the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a proposed class action by a contemporary artist, who alleged violations of federal and state antitrust laws.

The plaintiff claimed that our clients—The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, and the Whitney Museum of American Art—had conspired to exclude from exhibition in their institutions works of art by him and other unspecified contemporary artists.

Judge Koeltl dismissed the complaint without prejudice, and is allowing the plaintiff to file a motion to amend by January 15, 2019. If the plaintiff chooses to file the motion, he must also attach proposed amendments that would cure what Judge Koeltl described as the “numerous deficiencies” in his complaint.

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler advised the 5 museums with a team including William F. Cavanaugh, Jr. (Picture), George A. LoBiondo, Maren J. Messing, Jeffrey Hughes and John Sare.

Involved fees earner: William Cavanaugh – Patterson Belknap; Jeffrey Hughes – Patterson Belknap; George LoBiondo – Patterson Belknap; Maren Messing – Patterson Belknap; John Sare – Patterson Belknap;

Law Firms: Patterson Belknap;

Clients: Metropolitan Museum of Art;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti