Last year the New York-based Art Loss Register, which serves as a clearinghouse for information on stolen art, determined that a 1922 Picasso had been confiscated in the 1930s in Paris by the Nazis.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled Monday that the legal battle over ownership of the $10 million Picasso oil painting should be waged in Chicago, not Los Angeles, where the suit was filed in December.

Following through on a tentative ruling made in March, Judge Victor Person ruled in favor of Chicagoan Marilynn Alsdorf, who with her late husband purchased Picasso’s “Femme en blanc” (“Woman in White”) in 1975 from a New York art dealer.

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