Mark Zuckerberg Sues Hundreds of Hawaiians to Get Their Land
00:42, Jan 21, 2017
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Zuckerberg is filing lawsuits against several hundred people who own almost a dozen tiny parcels within his massive compound to force them to sell their land at auction so he can "enhance" his privacy, the newspaper said.
Small pockets within the Kauai area are in fact owned by Kamaaina families who have rights to walk on what Mark Zuckerberg thought was private property.
-Mark Zuckerberg has been trying to increase privacy on a piece of real estate he owns in Hawaii.
The Zuckerberg-controlled companies Pilaa International LLC, Northshore Kalo LLC, and High Flyer LLC on December 30 filed eight so-called "quiet title" lawsuits aimed at forcing the targeted individuals to sell their land at a public court auction to the highest bidder.
Mr. Zuckerberg bought his property - 700 beachfront acres located on the northeast shore of Kauai - in 2014, and displeased island neighbors previous year by erecting a 6-foot rock wall along the perimeter of the property.
This isn't the first time Zuckerberg has clashed with local residents in Hawaii.
"A few years ago, Priscilla and I visited Kauai and fell in love with the community and the cloudy green mountains". Historical land ownership on the island is often undocumented and local families are at risk of being forcibly bought out by wealthy outsiders in search of vacation getaways.
Much of the land purchased by Zuckerberg is owned by Kama'aina families, who have rights to the land.
Although the case of Manuel Rapozo seems relatively amicable, the "quiet title and partition" legal maneuver is controversial to some in Hawaii.
Keoni Shultz, a partner at the Honolulu law firm Cades Schutte representing Mr Zuckerberg's companies, told the Honolulu Star Advertiser, it was usual for large portions of land in Hawaii to contain plots with unclear ownership.
The CEO of the social media network said, "To find these partial owners so we can pay them their fair share, we filed what is called a "quiet title" action".
This doesn't mean that Mark won't be paying those who have right to the property. "There aren't always clear records, and in many cases descendants who own 1/4 percent or 1 percent of a property don't even know they are entitled to anything". Defendants in the lawsuits will have three weeks after being served with a copy of the legal complaint within which to respond. If they don't respond, they don't get a say in the proceedings. He is a retired university professor and is helping Zuckerberg as a co-plaintiff to avoid having the land taken over by the county, which can happen if no one in the extended clan assumes responsibility for paying property taxes.
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