The wheels of justice are grinding slowly in the Golden State, where a battle over artwork is pitting the University of Texas against actor Ryan O'Neal.
TV and newspaper accounts reported that a trial was scheduled to start Nov. 13 in the long-running battle between UT and O’Neal, which are fighting in a California state court about ownership of Andy Warhol artwork, including a portrait of the late Farrah Fawcett. The actress, who starred on the TV show Charlie’s Angels, was a sometimes companion of O’Neal and, at the time of her death in 2009, bequeathed her artwork to UT, her alma mater.
David Beck, a partner in Houston’s Beck Redden, represents UT. He explained in an email late on Nov. 13 that, so far, justice has moved a little slower than news accounts indicated.
"We have not picked a jury yet. In fact, we have not yet been assigned to a court. Our trial judge is in trial in another case, and therefore we are waiting for another judge to become available to try our case. As I understand it, if we are not assigned to a court by next Tuesday at 9:00 am, our case will be re-scheduled to another date.”
Martin Singer of Lavely & Singer represents O’Neal in the litigation and didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.
-- Miriam Rozen