Ex-parte interim measures expired

On 4 December 2019, the Federal Administrative Court used ex-parte interim measures to stop an art auction. Following a decision to dismiss the corresponding appeal, these measures now expire.

Photo: Keystone
Photo: Keystone

On 5 December 2019, the Federal Customs Administration, together with an auction house, planned an auction of various works of art confiscated as customs liens. However, the Federal Administrative Court (FAC) prohibited this planned auction with ex-parte interim measures the day before it was due to take place.

Due to the appellants’ failure to pay the advance on costs in time, the FAC has now decided not to follow up on the appeal. A request to reset the deadline for payment of the advance was submitted, however, rejected by the FAC. As a result of the dismissal of the appeal, the ex-parte interim measures of 4 December 2019 no longer apply.

This judgment may be appealed to the Federal Supreme Court.

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