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Mark Zuckerberg Sues Hundreds of Hawaii Families to Force Them to Sell Their Land

Suit an attempt to make his 700-acre beachfront estate more private, according to reports

By Harriet Agerholm | 19 January 2017

INDEPENDENT — 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 Kauai more private.

Under legislation dating back to 1850 known as the Kuleana Act, almost a dozen native families currently have the right to live on small sections of land within the billionaire’s property on the island, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser

Mr Zuckerberg is understood to have filed suits called “quiet title actions” against several hundred Hawaiian people through different companies he owns. […]

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ‘reconsidering’ lawsuits to force property sales in Hawaii

By  Dan Mangan | 25 January 2017

CNBC — Mark Zuckberberg soon could be getting some more “likes” in Hawaii.

The Facebook CEO now says he is “reconsidering”a set of lawsuits that he recently filed to compel hundreds of Hawaiians to sell him small plots of land they own that lie within his 700-acre beachfront property on the island of Kauai.

The billionaire’s potential about-face came after widespread publicity last week about the suits, which target a dozen plots covering slightly more than 8 acres of land strewn throughout the acreage that Zuckerberg bought for $100 million two years ago.

Currently, owners of the lots, which have been in their families for generations, have the rights to travel across Zuckerberg’s property. But many of the owners likely are unaware of their ownership interest in the plots. […]

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