I'm very surprised at the outcome of this one.


A judge dismissed a lawsuit by a German woman's heirs who sought to recover a Vincent van Gogh painting from actress Elizabeth Taylor.
The family asked for restitution and the painting, appraised between $10 million and $15 million, contending a sales brochure had warned the painting was likely confiscated by Nazis.

In a Feb. 2 order, U.S. District Judge Gary Klausner ruled that a state law only permitted the plaintiffs to sue in the three years after property was taken. Another state law that froze the statute of limitations until the property was located did not apply, the judge said.