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Keeping track of lawsuits involving artworks, cultural property, artists' estates, galleries, etc. Find the archives: 2019 | 2018 From the January 2020 Newsletter United States State v. Roderick Webber, No. B-19-031881 (Fla. DDC. filed Dec. 10, 2019). After performance artist David Detuna ate Maurizio Cattelan’s banana at Art Basel Miami in December 2019, Roderick Webber used the empty space to scribble the words “EPSTIEN [sic] DIDNT KILL HIMSELF.” He is now is defending himself in court against charges of vandalism brought by the Miami DA’s office. A trial is scheduled for February 27, 2020. Reportedly, the gallery will not press charges.  Benton et al, v. UMB Bank

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