Cohen v. Republic of Philippines
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
146 F.R.D. 90 (S.D.N.Y. 1993)
Imelda R. Marcos (Marcos)—the wife of Ferdinand Marcos, who presided as president of the Philippines between 1972 and 1986—had her agent, Braemer, deliver four paintings to Cohen (plaintiff). The paintings had previously hung in Marcos’s home. After several months, Braemer demanded that the Cohens return the paintings, but Cohen refused because Cohen did not know who actually owned the paintings. Cohen brought an interpleader action against Braemer and the Philippines (defendant), both of whom claimed ownership of the paintings. Imelda Marcos claimed the paintings were acquired with her personal funds and remained her property and moved to intervene.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Connor, J.)