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Julien’s Auctions Ordered to Return Over $1 Million of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Memorabilia

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Kareem PictureLos Angeles, California, November 20, 2014. Julien’s Auctions was handed its latest litigation defeat on Tuesday when the Los Angeles County Superior Court issued Writs of Possession directing the seizure from Julien’s of over $1 million of sports memorabilia accumulated by legendary NBA Hall of Famer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The Writs of Possession are based on the ruling of Judge James C. Chalfant that the auction house has no legal right to hold hostage Mr. Abdul-Jabbar’s personal property and that Mr. Abdul-Jabbar is entitled to the immediate return of his property.

Before the Auction took place, Mr. Abdul-Jabbar decided he wanted to keep six of the 400 + items for sentimental reasons. But Julien’s refused to allow him to keep any of the consigned items and reneged on its promise that he could hold back certain pieces of memorabilia carrying significant sentimental value. Instead Julien’s filed a lawsuit against the holding company to force the auction with all 400 + items.

Earlier this fall, Julien’s failed in its attempt to force the auction to take place, when an arbitration award denied Julien’s request to proceed with an auction of Mr. Abdul-Jabbar’s property, supporting Mr. Abdul-Jabbar’s decision not to conduct business with a party he felt was untrustworthy. Julien’s then ignored multiple requests to return the memorabilia.

Left with no alternative for recovering his personal property, Mr. Abdul-Jabbar filed a lawsuit against Julien’s for Conversion, and sought a Writ of Possession to compel the immediate release of more than 150 iconic pieces of memorabilia that he won during his historic career, such as his UCLA letterman’s sweater and a custom-made rocking chair he received when he retired from the Los Angeles Lakers.

Judge Chalfant granted the Writ, rejecting Julien’s claim that it may hold hostage Mr. Abdul-Jabbar’s property indefinitely and regardless of the fact that it cancelled the auction, since that “would violate the duty of good faith and fair dealing.” The court instead found that a consignment agreement “is not intended to permit [Julien’s] to refuse to perform an auction and then hold the Property as a security interest for payment of damages.”

“This entire dispute arose specifically over my emotional attachment to many of these items,” shared Mr. Abdul-Jabbar. “By then refusing to allow them back into my possession, Julien’s has added insult to injury.”

Julien’s also has filed a separate action against Mr. Abdul-Jabbar’s management firm, Iconomy. Through that litigation, Julien’s seeks the refund of a corporate contribution it made to the Skyhook Foundation, an acclaimed 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by Mr. Abdul-Jabbar to promote the value of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, particularly among disadvantaged inner-city youth.

Skyhook has partnered with L.A. Unified School District to provide 22,000 young people annually with STEM experiences during the school year within the beautiful Angeles Forest. Earlier this year Mr. Abdul-Jabbar received the Governor’s Award by California Governor Jerry Brown for his work with the Skyhook.

Despite its allegations being a clear violation of nonprofit law, Julien’s states in its court filings that the charitable gift it made to Skyhook Foundation was intended to serve as an “advance” of future auction proceeds it would be distributing personally to Mr. Abdul-Jabbar.

“A charitable contribution is voluntary and irrevocable,” explained by Andrew Morton, Partner at Handler Thayer LLP and counsel for Skyhook. “It cannot be made contingent upon completing a private business deal, nor can it be earmarked as personal compensation for an unrelated commercial transaction.”

These lawsuits appear typical among many high-profile clashes between Julien’s and its celebrity clients. Others claiming to have been misled by representations from Julien’s include Evander Holyfield, and representatives for Michael Jackson – neither of which went forward with a sale of disputed items through the auction house.

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Writ of Possession (LA County) Issued 11-18-14

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Congratulations to A.C. Green on the 17th Anniversary of His Historic “Iron Man” Record

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

00003499199414Nov. 20, 1997 – A.C. Green of the Dallas Mavericks sets the NBA record for consecutive games, competing in his 907th straight game. The old mark of 906 belonged to Randy Smith, a 6-3 guard-forward who played in the NBA from 1971-83.

Green, from Benson High and Oregon State, winds up playing in 1,192 consecutive games, earning the nickname “Iron Man.”

He is inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2003, after 16 years in the NBA, three league titles and one NBA All-Star year.

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Congratulations to Byron Scott Becoming the New Head Coach of the LA Lakers!

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Congratulations to Byron Scott from the Cap on becoming the new head coach of the LA Lakers!


Commemorate this day with a unique, limited edition handprint basketball:

Byron Scott Handprint Spalding Basketball and SGC Lakers Basketball Display

Byron Scott Handprint Spalding Basketball and SGC Basketball Display


Dr. J Shares Basketball Secrets While Filming HBO Documentary on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

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NBA GameTime: Kareem’s 30th Anniversary

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Kareem's 30th Anniversary

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar joins GameTime to talk about the 30th anniversary of the day he became the all-time leading scorer in NBA history.

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