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Grunewald v. Metropolitan Museum of Art

Appellate Division of New York
3 N.Y.S.3d 23, 125 A.D. 3d 438 (N.Y.: Appellate Div., 1st Dept., 2015)


Theodore Grunewald and others (plaintiffs) filed suit against the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA) (defendant), seeking to challenge an MMA policy requiring visitors to pay an entrance fee. While the recommended fee was $25, visitors could pay any amount. The plaintiffs argued that entrance to the MMA was required to be free pursuant to an 1893 state statute and the MMA’s lease agreement with the City of New York (City). The plaintiffs sought a permanent injunction requiring the MMA to enforce the free-admissions requirement. The trial court granted the MMA’s motion to dismiss the complaint on the basis that the plaintiffs lacked standing to sue. The plaintiffs appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Kornreich, J.)

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