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Posted: Saturday, October 8, 2005 6:06 am | Updated: 7:35 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A downtown Scottsdale gallery is fighting to keep a collection of Renoir statue duplicates that a federal judge ruled to be in violation of copyright laws.

A lawyer for the Société Civile Succession, a French trust that owns the copyright, said Friday he will again ask the court to order Rima Fine Art Gallery to relinquish its collection of Renoir copies.

U.S. District Court Judge Earl Carroll ruled last month that Rima managers and their business partner — Jean-Emmanuel Renoir, the greatgrandson of the artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir — violated copyright laws by duplicating and selling sculptures by the famous impressionist and another artist, Richard Guino.

The Société filed the lawsuit in 2003.

Rima still has up to 16 of the sculptures, said Richard Morris, the Société’s attorney.

Rima representatives Tracy Penwell and Dror Darel filed an opposition to Morris’ original motion. Morris said he will explain to the judge on Wednesday why he believes Penwell and Darel are wrong.

Penwell and Darel declined comment for this article.

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