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Sam Francis Found. v. Christie's, Inc.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

October 30, 2014

SAM FRANCIS FOUNDATION; ESTATE OF ROBERT GRAHAM; CHUCK CLOSE; LADDIE JOHN DILL, Plaintiffs - Appellants,
v.
CHRISTIE'S, INC., a New York corporation, Defendant - Appellee. SAM FRANCIS FOUNDATION; ESTATE OF ROBERT GRAHAM; CHUCK CLOSE; LADDIE JOHN DILL, Plaintiffs - Appellants,
v.
EBAY, INC., a Delaware corporation, Defendant - Appellee. ESTATE OF ROBERT GRAHAM; CHUCK CLOSE; LADDIE JOHN DILL, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs - Appellants,
v.
SOTHEBY'S, INC., a New York corporation, Defendant - Appellee

D.C. No. 2:11-cv-08605-MWF-FFM, D.C. No. 2:11-cv-08622-MWF-PLA, D.C. No. 2:11-cv-08604-MWF-FFM.

For Sam Francis Foundation (12-56067, 12-56068), Plaintiff - Appellant: Ira Bibbero, Eric M. George, Esquire, Attorney, Browne George Ross LLP, Los Angeles, CA.

For Estate of Robert Graham, Chuck Close, Laddie John Dill (12-56067, 12-56068), Plaintiffs - Appellants: Ira Bibbero, Eric M. George, Esquire, Attorney, Browne George Ross LLP, Los Angeles, CA; Irving H. Greines, Esquire, Attorney, Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP, Los Angeles, CA.

For CHRISTIES, INC., a New York corporation, Defendant - Appellee (12-56067): Hillary A. Hamilton, Attorney, Jason D. Russell, Attorney, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Los Angeles, CA; Michael McIntosh, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Washington, DC.

For California Lawyers For The Arts, Richard Mayer, Peter Alexander (12-56067, 12-56068, 12-56077), Amicus Curiae: Steven A. Hirsch, Esquire, Attorney, Keker & Van Nest LLP, San Francisco, CA.

For Artists Rights Society, Inc. (12-56067, 12-56068, 12-56077), Amicus Curiae: Craig Pinedo, PinedoLaw, San Francisco, CA.

For Association Des Eleveurs DE Canards et D Oies DU Quebec, Hvfg, Llc, Hots Restaurant Group. Inc. (12-56067, 12-56068, 12-56077), Amicus Curiae: Michael Tenenbaum, The Tenenbaum Law Firm, Santa Monica, CA.

For EBAY, INC., a Delaware corporation, Defendant - Appellee (12-56068): John Charles Dwyer, Esquire, Attorney, Angela Dunning, Attorney, Cooley LLP, Palo Alto, CA; Michael Graham Rhodes, Esquire, Partner, Cooley LLP, San Francisco, CA; Joshua Michael Siegel, Cooley LLP, Washington, DC.

For Estate of Robert Graham, Chuck Close, LADDIE JOHN DILL, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs - Appellants (12-56077): Ira Bibbero, Eric M. George, Esquire, Attorney, Browne George Ross LLP, Los Angeles, CA; Irving H. Greines, Esquire, Attorney, Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP, Los Angeles, CA.

For SOTHEBY'S, INC., a New York corporation, Defendant - Appellee (12-56077): Philip Besirof, Esquire, Attorney, Paul Terry Friedman, Esquire, Morrison & Foerster LLP, San Francisco, CA; Howard B. Comet, Steven Reiss, Attorney, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, New York, NY; Deanne Maynard, Counsel, Morrison & Foerster LLP, Washington, DC.

OPINION

ORDER

THOMAS, Circuit Judge.

Upon the vote of a majority of nonrecused active judges, it is ordered that this case be reheard en banc pursuant to Federal Rule of Appellate ...


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