From Tim in re George and Olivia's legal issues:
Tue 15 Jan 2002 14:52
HARRISON LEGAL BATTLE
George Harrison's widow has launched a law-suit against her former brother-in-law who allegedly tried to sell some of the Beatles legends possessions just a day after his death.
Court papers filed in Los Angeles Superior Court claim Carl Roles, who is married but estranged from Olivia Harrison's sister Linda Arias, contacted a reporter in Arizona on November 30.
Roles and his current partner Carol are accused of wrongfully possessing, selling and profiting from items described by Harrison as "household and personal items of sentimental value".
She has launched the suit, which is to be heard on February 1, in a bid to get the property returned. Harrison is also seeking unspecified damages and legal fees.
According to the suit, Roles contacted the reporter just a day after George Harrison's long-term battle against cancer ended. They arranged to meet-up with a collector, who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent.
The couple, who have already admitted the property was taken from Harrison's Los Angeles home, arrived at the meeting with ten boxes of property, one of which was labelled 'GH $tuff", reports launch.com.
Meanwhile, George Harrison's posthumous single, 'My Sweet Lord', looks set to claim the UK Number One on Sunday. Midweek figures suggest the track, which has been released to raise funds for charity, will take the top spot ahead of Pink's 'Get The Party Started'.
Wed 29 Aug 2001
Ex-Beatle Harrison loses court bid
AP - A judge has thrown out former Beatle George Harrison's bid to keep his former business manager and partner from declaring bankruptcy, refusing to accept a claim the musician was too ill to give a local deposition.
Harrison's lawyers have asked for a review of US Bankruptcy Judge Barry Schermer's ruling and for a new judge, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday.
Court records show that Harrison was scheduled for a deposition July 10 to support his challenge to the bankruptcy of Denis J. O'Brien, a lawyer and accountant who formerly lived in the St. Louis suburb Ladue. O'Brien had been Harrison's business manager dating to 1973.
Harrison, 58, has been trying to protect a $US11 million ($A20.77 million) judgment he won in 1996 against O'Brien in a California state lawsuit that alleged mismanagement by O'Brien, who also was his partner in HandMade Films, known for producing the Monty Python film "Life of Brian."
Losses on the film "Cold Dog Soup" brought Harrison to sue O'Brien, who sought to void the California judgment by filing for bankruptcy protection here last year.
Harrison's lawyers argued that their client was medically unable to give sworn answers to questions from O'Brien's lawyers, having had surgery for lung cancer in March. But three days after the missed deposition, Schermer dismissed Harrison's case, writing that the musician's "disregard" of an order to answer questions was "obviously willful."
"The excuses of illness and security concerns were merely pretexts designed to fool this Court" and O'Brien, Schermer wrote.
Court papers here show that Harrison had surgery for lung cancer March 22 in Rochester, Minnesota, and was discharged from a hospital there April 2. Harrison did not publicly disclose the surgery until early May, when he offered few details.
One of O'Brien's lawyers, Eileen Love, said Tuesday that questioning Harrison would have taken only two or three hours, and that the musician was "a celebrity who doesn't want to be inconvenienced by the legal system's requirements."
Harrison's lawyers countered in court papers that the deposition would be much more rigorous, and they repeatedly asked for delays.
Love said O'Brien, 59, now lives "overseas." He was previously known to have homes in Thousand Oaks, California, and London.
In June, Harrison underwent radiation therapy in Switzerland, refusing to comment on reports that he was battling a brain tumour.
In 1998, Harrison was treated for throat cancer, which he blamed on smoking. In 1999, he suffered a punctured lung when he was stabbed by an intruder who broke into his country home near London.
The Beatles broke up in 1970 and Harrison, the youngest and quietest of the Fab Four, went on to a successful solo career with hits including "My Sweet Lord."