There’s a major lawsuit against Billy Brown’s estate – and his widow, Ami Brown, has to fight it.
The lawsuit is valued at $500,000 for money received from investor Dr. Robert Maughon claims Billy owed him before he died.
Ami requested that the lawsuit be transferred from federal court to state courts, but a judge denied the request.
Ami is now appealing this verdict.
Ami Brown is appealing the judge’s decision
As an investor Robert Maughon sued Billy Brown’s estate and his company, Alaskan Wilderness Family Productions, for $500,000 for breach of contract in April 2021. His allegations were that Billy failed to pay profits allegedly owed to him from the show.
Ami filed a dismissal of the lawsuit for “lack of subject matter jurisdiction.” This was because the lawsuit was filed in federal court and she felt the court had no authority to hear a probate case.
However, a Washington judge denied the request, and the case went ahead.
In court recordsthe judge ruled that “so long as the federal court does not intervene in the probate process, federal courts have jurisdiction to hear actions to determine the rights of creditors, legatees, heirs, and other beneficiaries against the estate of a deceased person.”
According to The SunOn April 27, Billy’s estate appealed the judge’s decision. Ami has managed Billy’s estate as his deputy since his death.
A major problem with the lawsuit for Ami is that no will was found after Billy’s death. She listed his net worth as $439,000, including $415,000 in real estate for four lots. He had $2,000 in a Wells Fargo bank account.
The reason for the lawsuit
The Robert Maughon Lawsuit demanded the money owed was from the television success of the Alaskan Bush People and the success of the books based on the show.
Maughon reportedly had a deal with Billy, which allegedly shows him investing $20,000 with Alaska Wilderness Family Productions in 2009.
He also said he has a second contract with Brown in which he invested $10,000. Maughon presented both contracts to the court when he filed the lawsuit — both allegedly notarized and with Billy Brown’s signature.
Maughon claims that accounting would have to be done to know the total amount Billy’s books brought in, but in the lawsuit he’s asking for $500,000 and a trial.
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