A choose for the US District Courtroom for the Western District of Oklahoma ruled Monday that Higher Wynnewood Animal Park be given to Huge Cat Rescue, owned by Carole Baskin.
Joseph Maldonado-Passage, higher referred to as Joe Unique, previously owned the animal park earlier than fraudulently transferring title to his mom and Higher Wynnewood Improvement Group, LLC (GWDG). The park is presently below the administration of Jeff Lowe, Joe Unique’s friend-turned-nemesis.
Baskin and Joe Unique have a well-documented rivalry, each on-line and within the widespread Netflix “Tiger King” documentary. Baskin has repeatedly accused Joe Unique of animal abuse in his former zoo, notably the abuse of tigers and lions. At present, Joe Unique is serving jail time for allegedly hiring successful man to kill Baskin.
In 2011 Baskin gained a go well with towards Joe Unique for trademark infringement, and the courtroom ordered him to pay $1 million. On this present lawsuit, Baskin alleged, and the courtroom discovered, that Joe Unique fraudulently transferred title to keep away from paying again collectors.
Moreover, the courtroom famous that GWDG didn’t reply to an order to retain new counsel after its earlier counsel withdrew and didn’t reply to an order to show-case after Baskin filed a movement for default judgment. Thus, the courtroom entered the default judgment towards GWDG.
Lowe and his employees have 120 days to vacate the Higher Wynnewood Animal Park premises and to take away all zoo animals. Lowe commented on the animal park’s web site that he “anticipated Carole Baskin gaining title” and will probably be opening one other animal park in Oklahoma this September.
— to www.jurist.org