Following the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, auction of the Jackson Family memorabilia at the end of May this year, the case is referred back to a Nevada courtroom, where Michael is seeking the return of items which were withheld from the sale after a private settlement. Judge Elizabeth Gonzales had ordered 60 items to be held securely at the Clark County Courthouse, while she sorted out their ownership, and decided whether or not to punish the company that brought the items to auction. The case against Universal Express for contempt of court is to be heard on July 16. The company is accused of violating earlier court orders to withhold some of the items offered at auction, an accusation they deny.
Guernsey’s Auction House have no part in the continuing dispute and was complying with the court order to deliver the contested items, of which 35 belong to Janet Jackson, and 25 to Michael, and are all of a personal nature..
At a hearing on June 12th the judge ordered the previous settlement to be enforced, accepted Janet’s claim for her belongings and ordered Universal Express to pay some of Michael’s legal expenses.