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Recently you might have seen two Radar Online articles reporting the recent developments in Robson v. MJ Estate case. You might also have realized the extremely biased headlines and questionable choice of words in those articles. This post is going to cover the recent developments as well as the biased reporting about those developments.

Do you wonder what is going on in Robson v. MJ Estate civil case? They are having a dispute about interrogatories and request for admissions (RFAs).  California Civil Code of procedure says a party can serve 35 interrogatories and 35 RFAs. Robson has served 143 interrogatories and 93 RFAs. If you do the math that’s more than 4 times the allowed interrogatories and more than 2.5 times the allowed RFAs. Estate wants to answer 35 interrogatories and 35 RFAs – as the law requires them to do. Robson lawyers on the other hand want them to answer it all. There have been discussions among the parties and they have agreed that Estate will answer 35+8 (43) interrogatories instead of the original 143 sent. However they cannot agree about RFAs. Robson lawyers want all 93 where as Estate lawyers want it to limit it to the first 35 RFAs. In order to send more than 35 RFAs, lawyers need to justify the need for the extra items. Estate argues Robson side wasn’t able to justify why they sent so many questions while Robson lawyers disagree with that. Motions have been filed about it, a hearing is set for November 6th and the judge will rule about this dispute sometime soon.

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UPDATE: October 1 2014 Hearing Transcript : https://www.scribd.com/doc/244181549/Robson-Oct-1-2014-Hearing-Transcript

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Link to previous July 2014 case updates: http://www.dailymichael.com/lawsuits/robson-v-estate/276-robson-v-estate-case-updates

Civil case updates

Estate had filed two demurrers (dismissal request stating there’s no legal basis for a lawsuit) and parties are getting ready for the demurrer hearing. Most current documents (added September 24th) are Estate’s replies to Robson’s opposition to Estate’s demurrer requests. As I prepare this post court system isn’t showing Robson’s opposition documents (I’ll update this post if they become available) therefore this post is done based on what the Estate reply documents state about Robson’s opposition and their reply.

Hearing for these two demurrers is set for October 1st.

Doe1 (MJ) Demurrer

Document link: http://www.scribd.com/doc/241210020/Robson-Estate-Reply-Doe-1-Demurrer

Estate had filed a demurrer to dismiss MJ as Doe 1 defendant on the civil case simply arguing Doe1 / MJ is deceased and no court has jurisdiction to have a case or have power to enter judgment against him.

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September 2015 Update

September 21, 2015 - Judge's ruling for Robson civil case demurrer - http://www.scribd.com/doc/283138843/Robson-Demurrer-Ruling

August 2015 Update

July 27, 2015 - Safechuck civil complaint - http://www.scribd.com/doc/273431049/Safechuck-Civil-Complaint

June 2015 Update

June 23, 2015 - Estate Reply to Robson Opposition http://www.scribd.com/doc/269738314/MJ-Estate-Reply-to-Robson-Opposition

June 17, 2015 - Robson Opposition to Estate demurrer http://www.scribd.com/doc/269099527/Robson-Opposition-to-Demurrer

April 2015 Update

April 10, 2015 - Robson Supplemental Statement http://radaronline.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/MJcase-signed.pdf

March 2015 Update

March 18,2015 - Safechuck Supplemental Statement - http://radaronline.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/MJ-signed.pdf

March 10, 2015 : Estate's demurrer to third amended complaint http://www.scribd.com/doc/258435718/MJ-Estate-Robson-Civil-Case-Second-Demurrer

October 2014 Update

October 1 2014 Hearing Transcript https://www.scribd.com/doc/244181549/Robson-Oct-1-2014-Hearing-Transcript

September 2014 Update

MJ Estate Reply Demurrer Doe 1 Defendant: http://www.scribd.com/doc/241210020/Robson-Estate-Reply-Doe-1-Demurrer

MJ Estate Reply Corporate Defendants: http://www.scribd.com/doc/241210019/Robson-Estate-Reply-Corporate-Demurrer

MJ Estate Safechuck Demurrer : http://radaronline.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/jackson2901-signed.pdf

July 2014

MJ Estate Demurrer Corporate Defendants : http://www.scribd.com/doc/235319852/Robson-Estate-Demurrer-Corporate-Defendants

MJ Estate Demurrer Doe1 Defendant : http://www.scribd.com/doc/235319853/Robson-Estate-Demurrer-Doe1

Case Management statement (MJ Estate) : http://www.scribd.com/doc/235319704/Robson-Case-Management-Estate

Robson Motion to compel : http://www.scribd.com/doc/235319708/Robson-Motion-to-Compel

Robson Opposition to Estate's motion to quash: http://radaronline.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/jackson-estate047_redacted.pdf

Robson 2nd Amended complaint: http://www.scribd.com/doc/235319581/Robson-Second-Amended-Complaint

Estate's objection to the late probate claim: http://radaronline.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/wadere.pdf

Robson late probate claim : http://images.eonline.com/static/news/pdf/robsonclaim.pdf

Declaration of Wade Robson : http://radaronline.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/wade-robson354b0046b.pdf

 

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document here : https://amradaronline.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/jackson2901-signed.pdf

It's the Estate's request for a demmurrer of Safechuck's case. It does not contain Safechuck's lawsuit, but it does refer to some elements of it so we can learn from it:

- Safechuck alleges MJ molested him between 1988 and 1991.
- Safechuck admits he learnt about MJ's death shortly after he died and he was aware of his Estate. (No "I had no idea 
about the administration of the Estate" claim here as in Robson's claims.) 
- He learnt about Robson's allegations shortly after May 1, 2013. 
- Safechuck's lawyer, Maryann Marzano (same as Robson's lawyer) said in their lawsuit that she's been working on Safechuck's case 8 months before they filed in May, 2014. Which would mean she's been working on it since September, 2013. 
- He claims he did not testify in 2005 because he was concerned his mother would find out he was sexually abused by MJ. He 
claims regardless ultimately he told his mother in 2005 that MJ was a "bad man" and that he "had been abused by MJ". 
- He claims he did not initially connect various anxiety issues he suffered to the alleged abuse until mid-2013.
- He claims he became concerned about having pedophilic urges when his son was born and that he was prescribed Xanax during his wife's pregnancy in 2010. 
- He claims he did not link these anxiety issues to his alleged abuse until he saw Robson in 2013 and went into therapy on May 20, 2013, discussing the alleged abuse.

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As you might know Robson has two cases against MJ Estate, one of them is a creditor’s claim filed at probate court and second one is a civil case. Below includes updates and information about both cases.

Probate case:  Robson is asking to be allowed to file a late creditor claim (9103 motion). Estate opposed to it. Summary judgment motion is pending. Estate says if late filing of creditor claim is granted, they would likely deny the creditor’s claim and Robson said if that’s the case he would add Executors as Doe 4 and Doe 5 in his civil trial. It’s stated that the 9103 petition will be tried in court in February 2015.

Civil case: Estate has filed two demurrers (dismissal request stating there’s no legal basis for a lawsuit); both are pending with a hearing set for October 2014. Executors may file additional demurrers.

There is a scheduling issue in regards to the trial. Robson proposed the trial to start at June 2015. Estate objects to it and states it’s too early to set a trial date based on the following:

  • Probate late filing petition (9103) isn’t being tried until February 2015. Assuming late filing of creditor’s claim is denied (either by court or Estate) and Estate is added to the civil trial between February and June (2015) they won’t have enough time to respond to complaint, file demurrer, file motions, take discovery, respond to discovery and find experts.
  • Estate is also opposing to possibly dividing the case and trying defendants separately.

Robson has served several hundred interrogatories (over the limit of 35) and these requests are subject to protective order. Estate states most interrogatories are about MJ’s alleged personal and private conduct and they have no information. Robson lawyers refuse Estate’s request to meet and confer about interrogatories.

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