The HEAR Act (Public Law No: 114-308) makes it easier for claimants to recover stolen World War II era artwork. The law softens statute of limitations hurdles by permitting a six year window to file a lawsuit after the art is found:
Notwithstanding any other provision of Federal or State law or any defense at law relating to the passage of time, and except as otherwise provided in this section, a civil claim or cause of action against a defendant to recover any artwork or other property that was lost during the covered period because of Nazi persecution may be commenced not later than 6 years after the actual discovery by the claimant or the agent of the claimant of—
(1) the identity and location of the artwork or other property; and
(2) a possessory interest of the claimant in the artwork or other property.
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