Leigh and Leslie Keno, well-known figures in the antiques world, have resolved all four of the legal claims against them. The twins were involved in four separate lawsuits, each with a similar charge: the Kenos were accused of buying multiple lots at auctions and failing to pay the auction houses.
The suit filed by Cakebread Art Antiques Collectables, Inc., which does business as New Orleans Auction Galleries (NOAG), against both brothers and Keno Art Advisory, LLC has been settled and dismissed.
It’s a similar story with Sloans & Kenyon, Chevy Chase, Maryland, which filed suit against Leigh Keno and Keno, Inc. “The matter had been resolved to the satisfaction of our client, the case has been dismissed, and the Kenos made good on their winning bids to the extent the items were still available,” said attorney Monty Yolles.
Also resolved is the suit filed by Kamelot Auction House, Philadelphia, against both brothers. “The matter regarding Messrs. Keno has been resolved; Kamelot has received payment in full. Kamelot holds no ill will toward the brothers and wishes all the best of luck and continued success in the future,” wrote Anthony Gallia in an e-mail.
The suit filed by Stair Galleries against Leslie Keno was withdrawn on February 6. “The matter has been resolved, leaving only some bookkeeping reconciliations. My clients appreciate the professionalism that Mr. Stair has shown as things worked their way out,” wrote Mark Lawless, attorney for the Kenos.
“Having grown up in the art and antiques world, we have a deep appreciation and respect for the hard work of the people in this community and are thankful for the patience of those who’ve been affected,” said Leigh Keno on February 6. “Since this situation began, we’ve been working every day to fulfill our obligations. We are relieved to put this situation behind us, and each of us is looking forward to a busy 2017.”