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Correction: Museum Benefactor Suit story

July 31, 2019

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — In a story July 23 about a Maine art museum receiving a $4.6 million court award, The Associated Press erroneously reported the museum’s full name. It’s the Portland Museum of Art, not the Portland Art Museum.

A corrected version of the story is below:

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine art museum has won a $4.6 million court award after alleging a deceased benefactor’s caretaker manipulated her into removing the museum from her will.

The Portland Press Herald reports the jury was unanimous in its finding that Annemarie Germain coerced Eleanor Potter, a late benefactor of the Portland Museum of Art, into making the change in her estate.

The museum’s lawyer, Thimi Mina, says the 89-year-old signed an estate plan making the museum a benefactor of her estate before she died in early 2015.

But shortly afterward Potter fired the lawyers who drew up her initial plan and signed a new will naming Germain her sole beneficiary.

Mina says the change in the will deprived the museum of $3.3 million of art and cash from Potter.

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