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Crimi v. Rutgers Presbyterian Church
New York Supreme Court
194 Misc. 570, 89 N.Y.S.2d 813 (1949)
The Rutgers Presbyterian Church (defendant) selected Alfred D. Crimi (plaintiff), a well-known artist, to design and execute a fresco mural on the rear chancel wall of its building. The parties memorialized the arrangement by written agreement pursuant to which Crimi (as artist) sold and transferred to the church (as owner) all his right, title, and interest in the mural. The mural was completed on time, was signed by Crimi, and the agreed compensation was paid in full. Nearly a decade later, the church painted over the mural without giving notice to Crimi and, in response, Crimi brought suit against the church for equitable relief. Crimi argued that the church’s destruction of the mural infringed his limited interests therein and caused harm to his reputation as an artist.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Lockwood, J.)
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