• LOS ANGELES, California
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  • April 04, 2011

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Michael Jackson Public Exhibition Five Catalog Box Set from Julien's Auction.


In a ruling today by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald M. Sohigian, Julien's Auctions, the world's premier celebrity estate and memorabilia auction house located in Beverly Hills has won a major victory in a case brought by French Canadian Richard LaPointe who claimed to be a collector of Michael Jackson and Beatles related memorabilia.

A jury completely absolved Julien's Auctions of any wrong doing alleged by the plaintiff Richard LaPointe and found that the plaintiff’s case had no merit whatsoever. LaPointe claimed he was emotionally damaged because of a cancelled auction related to Michael Jackson.

LaPointe originally placed absentee bids which totaled $6,500 for 14 items including large bronzes of children.

Julien's Auctions came to an agreement with Michael Jackson in April of 2009 to cancel the Neverland Auction at the request of Jackson himself. The auction never took place and was cancelled prior to any auction date.

LaPointe's attorney, Nicholas Hornberger claimed his client had been financially damaged $126 million as a result of not buying the items prior to Michael Jackson's passing for the noted $6,500 absentee bid.  

In a statement, Darren Julien, President of Julien's Auctions, said, "It is opportunists like Mr. Richard LaPointe and his attorney Nicholas Hornberger that fill up our courts and the valuable time of our judges with frivolous and malicious lawsuits against individuals and companies who work hard to make an honest living. Our reputation stands on its own and we have every intention to pursue Mr. LaPointe and Mr. Nicholas Hornberger for malicious prosecution and all court and attorney costs.

Julien's Auctions will continue to utilize every effort within our legal system to protect the business but most importantly those partners and clients who know and trust us. We are happy that justice does indeed prevail in the end." 

Julien’s Auctions was represented at trial by Miles J. Feldman and Sonia Y. Lee of Raines Feldman LLP.

PRESS CONTACT:  Darren Julien, (818) 694-8090   darren@juliensauctions.com

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