Kyle Barnett Jan. 9, 2015, 4:37pm


GRETNA – A local artist is suing the owners of a commercial building who he claims wrongfully seized his artwork he displayed in a restaurant on the premises that shut down.

Thomas “Tuna” Seither filed suit against Timothy C. Mashburn and Kathleen Crumb Mashburn in the 24th Judicial District Court on Oct. 29.

Seither contends the Mashburns are the owners of a building located at 3826 Williams Blvd. in Kenner that was leased to Shawn M. Toups and occupied by Laketown Harbor Restaurant. The plaintiff asserts he provided artwork to Laketown Harbor Restaurant on consignment including a collection of paintings, silk screens and limited edition prints all of which were not the property of Toups. Seither claims that on the closing of Laketown Harbor Restaurant the defendants wrongfully seized and held his artwork and have refused to return it despite his requests.

The defendant is accused of wrongfully seizing the plaintiff’s property.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for the return of or reimbursement of the artwork.

Seither is represented by Andrew A. Lemmon of Hahnville-based Lemmon Law Firm LLC.

The case has been assigned to Division D Judge Scott U. Schlegel.

Case no. 743-816.

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