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Ashley Collins vs Robert Casterline Dismissed by Court


LOS ANGELES, CA -- On December 29, 2009, Federal District Court Judge A. Howard Matz dismissed with prejudice the lawsuit filed by artist Ashley Collins against Aspen art dealer Robert Casterline.

In January 2009, Collins filed a lawsuit against Casterline and two other individuals alleging that they had copied Collins’ painting style and were unlawfully competing against her.

Additionally, as part of the dismissal, Collins agreed that she would never assert the claims that she had made against Casterline in the future. Collins was further required to provide Robert Casterline with a written unconditional release, releasing Casterline from any purported liability for any claim she made, or even could have made in the lawsuit.

As a result of the order dismissing the case, Casterline is free to continue to sell the artwork that was the subject of the lawsuit and Collins is strictly prohibited from ever alleging the claims that she made in her lawsuit against Casterline in the future.

In fact, as a further condition of the dismissal, Collins is required to pay for all of Casterline’s attorneys’ fees if she ever attempts to assert these allegations again.

It should be noted, the Court also dismissed with prejudice the lawsuit against two other named defendants.

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