Meyer and AACSC both raise issues of what liability accrediting organizations may potentially face.
AAM failed to hold Fred Jones Museum to the high standards required in order to become accredited when AAM either issued or renewed Fred Jones Museum’s accreditation without any regards to its adherence to the Unlawful Appropriation Standards.
[Moreover, the] "AAMD failed to monitor Fred Jones Museum’s lack of compliance with the guidelines in the 1998 Report [of the AAMD Task Force on the Spoliation of Art during the Nazi/World War II Era (1933-1945)], and did not follow its Code of Ethics’ procedure pertaining to violations of its code when Fred Jones Museum utterly failed to comply with the guidelines in the 1998 Report."
Was Plaintiff Léone Meyer an intended beneficiary of AAM's membership contract or AAMD's accreditation contract—assuming they were even contracts? Courts across the country typically look to the language contained in a contract as well as to the circumstances that formed the contract in order to determine if there was an intention to directly benefit a third party.