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Lawsuit against AEG and Ritz-Carlton for Destroying Valuable Artwork

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

( Article submitted by Erica Hess )                                                           

Zohar Law Firm, P.C. Files Lawsuit against AEG and Ritz-Carlton Residences for Destroying Valuable Artwork

 — Works of World Class Artists Valued at $100,000 Discarded —

Shark Toof Law Suit.
(Photo by Khoi Nguyen/

LOS ANGELES, CA –– A local art organization, L.A. Art Machine, and three prominent California artists, Mear One, Chor Boogie, and Shark Toof, brought suit today in federal court against Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) and the Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. Live, owned by AEG, for destroying $100,000 of their artwork.  The artwork had been loaned to AEG and the Ritz-Carlton Residences for a high-end promotional event at the luxury condos located at L.A. Live, but instead of being returned to the artists, the artwork was dismantled and discarded, according to Daniel Y. Zohar of Zohar Law Firm, P.C. in Los Angeles, who is representing the artists and the L.A. Art Machine.

(Photo by Khoi Nguyen/

“What AEG did was in violation not only of my clients’ economic rights, but a violation of their moral rights as defined by federal and state law,” explained Mr. Zohar.  The Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA) and the California Art Preservation Act (CAPA) protect the rights of artists and forbid the desecration, alteration or destruction of works of art.

“These renowned artists had agreed to show their artwork at the Ritz-Carlton Residences to help AEG attract affluent potential clientele to their vacant, multi-million dollar condos.  Yet in return, their valuable art was coldly destroyed,” Mr. Zohar added.