The Associated Press reports that the family of Ron Goldman has purchased the rights to O.J. Simpson‘s canceled book, IF I DID IT, from a court-appointed bankruptcy trustee in a settlement reached Monday. The book rights will be held in the name of Ron Goldman LLC, Goldman family lawyer David Cook said. The Goldmans own the copyright, media rights and movie rights. They also acquired Simpson’s name, likeness, life story and right of publicity in connection with the book, court documents showed. The Goldmans want to rename the book CONFESSIONS OF A DOUBLE MURDERER and plan to shop it around, Cook said.
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The Associated Press reports that an independent trustee will maintain control over a bankrupt company owned by O.J. Simpson‘s children, which holds the rights to the canceled Simpson book IF I DID IT, a federal judge ruled Thursday. The decision by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge A. Jay Cristol paves the way for the family of murder victim Ron Goldman to negotiate a deal to acquire the rights to the manuscript.
Cristol ruled that the company was in no position to be reorganized and should simply be liquidated. “The single potential asset for sale is apparently something that is deeply embroiled in litigation and would likely not be available for sale anytime soon,” Cristol said. Unless of course, you’re a real estate broker in Moncton, New Brunswick claiming to have a copy for sale for the low, low price of $22,000 CD – an asking price that might not be met anytime soon, either…
The auction isn’t supposed to be underway until Tuesday, but the LA Times’ Robert Welkos reports that the estate of Nicole Brown Simpson is seeking a court order for permission to bid on the book rights to O.J. Simpson‘s IF I DID IT at a sheriff’s auction Tuesday in Sacramento. Greg K. Hafif, the attorney for the Nicole Brown Simpson estate, said the estate wants the judge in the case to allow it to take a portion of the $33.5-million civil judgment won from O.J. Simpson and use it as a “credit bid” on the book during the auction. He added that the goal would be to “make sure this book is never published.”
Hafif called on Fred Goldman, Ron Goldman‘s father, to join with them in making the bid. But David J. Cook, the lawyer who won a court order in February that gave the Goldmans the rights to the book, objected to the legal maneuver by the estate. and criticized the Brown estate for coming in so late. Maybe the estate has “a beef with their lawyers,” Cook said, “but they didn’t have the savvy or the intelligence or whatever to go out and do this. We all share the tragedy for the Browns, and they have lots of tears, and our tears are their tears, but they have to stop crying and move forward.”