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Paul Walker‘s estate has taken legal action against an acquaintance of the deceased actor for allegedly taking possession of a number of his vehicles within 24 hours of his death and then concealing the location of the vehicles in order to convert them for his own benefit.
Walker’s estate filed suit against Richard Taylor on Thursday at the Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging that within 24 hours of the actor’s death, people associated with Taylor went to storage facilities that housed the actor’s vehicles and removed them to locations unknown.
The suit follows earlier action by Walker’s estate against the estate of Roger W. Rodas, the man who was driving the car in the accident that claimed both their lives.
In the court filings, Taylor is identified as an acquaintance of Walker who would occasionally assist him with his automobile collection. It is said that Taylor would maintain the ownership records and registration certificates for Walker’s extensive collection.
The suit alleges that in March 2014 Taylor created a list titled “Paul Walker Current Car Inventory List” that was sent to the estate and purportedly identified all the cars owned by Walker at the time of his death. The list identified 31 cars owned entirely by Walker and one car jointly owned with Rodas. The estate alleges Taylor failed to include additional vehicles owned by Walker and had concealed their location for his own benefit.
A total of seven cars are identified as missing from the number owned by Walker, according to the suit, including a 2011 Porsche GT3 RS. The suit further alleges that Taylor has repeatedly failed to provide a number of original car registrations for the cars already identified on the inventory list.
Walker’s estate is suing for the return of the vehicles and certificates, or value of the vehicles if they cannot be delivered, along with to-be-determined compensatory damages.
A trial by jury was also demanded.
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