Mark Zuckerberg is reportedly suing Hawaiian families who have ancestral rights to land within his $100 million (£81.2 million) property in a bid to force them to sell their plots. The Facebook founder has launched the legal action in an attempt to make his 700-acre beachfront estate on the Island of Kuai more private.
Mr Zuckerberg is understood to have filed suits called “quiet title actions” against several hundred Hawaiian people through different companies he owns.
Some of owners of the land are now dead and the owners of the plots can be difficult to trace, since land possession under the old law is largely undocumented.
The plots, known as kuleana lands, are often divided into ever smaller portions as they are passed down through families.
As a result Mr Zuckerberg’s team will have to trace ownership through genealogical records and make valid efforts to identify any living descendants. If it finds them, they will have the opportunity to participate in the court action.
“Quiet title actions are the standard and prescribed process to identify all potential co-owners, determine ownership, and ensure that, if there are other co-owners, each receives appropriate value for their ownership share,” Mr Schultz said.
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