Media Coverage - Berkshire Museum Lawsuit

The Boston Globe,, Berkshire Eagle, WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, ARTnews
March 21, 2018

Sullivan is plaintiffs’ counsel in a lawsuit on behalf of Berkshire County residents and members of the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, seeking an immediate injunction against the museum's planned sale of art early next month. The Berkshire Museum has consigned forty paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts for auction or sale at Sotheby's in violation of universally accepted museum ethics—including Shuffleton’s Barbershop and Shaftsbury Blacksmith Shop by Norman Rockwell on or before November 13, 2017.

The loss of these works would represent an irreparable loss for the community and Massachusetts.

After the Superior Court denied the requested injunction on November 7, 2017 and dismissed all plaintiffs apart from the Attorney General, a single justice of the Appeals Court entered an injunction at the Attorney General’s request on November 10, 2017 barring the sale of any of the paintings until at least December 11, 2017. On December 13, 2017, the Single Justice extended that prohibition against the sale of any of the affected works until at least January 29, 2018. Sullivan’s clients filed their appeal papers seeking the reinstatement of their claims on January 16, 2018. On February 5, 2018, the Attorney General's office announced it had reached a tentative agreement with the Museum, which was announced on February 9, 2018.

On March 20, 2018, the single justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts heard oral arguments on whether to accept the Attorney General's agreement with the Museum.

The media coverage related to this lawsuit has been substantial and includes:

See also the S&W Press Release on this matter: Members of Berkshire Museum File Suit Seeking Injunction Against Sale of Art Collection

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