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Press Release – Robert Eringer files lawsuit against Principality of Monaco

PRESS RELEASE

Santa Barbara, California (November 19, 2009)

Re: Robert Eringer v. Principality of Monaco

Robert Eringer has today filed a lawsuit against the Principality of Monaco for breach of contract and fraud in Santa Barbara Superior Court.  Eringer alleges that he provided intelligence services to Monaco and its Sovereign, Prince Albert, and thereafter was not paid.

This is the second lawsuit filed by Eringer related to this claim.  Eringer was forced to withdraw his first lawsuit against Prince Albert, after the Prince invoked head-of-state immunity, a defense used by dictators around the world to avoid accountability in U.S. courts.  Hence this lawsuit, in which Eringer names the nation-state of Monaco as a defendant on the basis that Prince Albert acted on behalf of Monaco in his dealings with Eringer. Working as the Prince’s Spymaster in Monaco for five-and-a-half years, Eringer was instructed by the Principality’s Sovereign to investigate government officials for corruption and to investigate prominent Monaco residents engaged in money laundering, arms dealing, and influence peddling, with a view to improving Monaco’s standing within the international community.

Details of Eringer’s work can be found in his Verified Complaint against Prince Albert (copy available at http://www.rickslaw.com).  Eringer swore under oath to the truthfulness of allegations in that Complaint.  It went uncontested by Prince Albert, who has hidden behind a cloak of immunity.

During his tenure as Spymaster in Monaco, Eringer reported directly to Prince Albert.  Consequently, Albert is the main source of credible testimony to admit or deny Eringer’s allegations.  We expect Monaco’s attorneys to use every technical and procedural trick to avoid engaging the substance of this case in court.  We also expect unsubstantiated attacks on Eringer’s character and motive.

Nonetheless, we persevere in the interest of a just resolution.  All that truly matters is that which is said under oath, and we look forward to such testimony from Monaco’s representatives.

Contact: Brigham J. Ricks, Esq., 1.805.884.9538, brigham@rickslaw.com

Press Release – Eringer v. Monaco

Written by Brigham Ricks

November 19, 2009 at 10:21 am

Press Release – Robert Eringer v. Prince Albert II of Monaco

PRESS RELEASE

Santa Barbara, California (November 13, 2009)

Re: Robert Eringer v. Prince Albert II of Monaco

Prince Albert II of Monaco has chosen not to contest the merits of Robert Eringer’s Verified Complaint, but instead invoke head-of-state immunity. This is a tactical retreat by Prince Albert to avoid defeat at trial.  Head-of-state immunity is an absolute defense used by dictators around the world to avoid accountability in U.S. courts.  Due to the Prince’s use of immunity to evade engagement, Eringer has no choice but to withdraw his Complaint and seek redress through other means.

Eringer stands by the veracity of the Verified Complaint he filed against Prince Albert in Santa Barbara Superior Court on 5 October 2009.  (Complaint and exhibits available at www.rickslaw.com.)  If the Prince did not invoke immunity he would have been required under oath to either admit the allegations of Eringer’s Complaint and risk the political fallout–or deny them and risk a criminal charge of perjury.  Instead, the Prince remains mute, hiding behind lawyers who utter reckless pronouncements.

On 6 November Prince Albert’s palace staff and lawyer Thierry Lacoste falsely announced to the media that the Prince had filed a lawsuit in California against Eringer.  No such lawsuit has been filed, nor is such a lawsuit likely, as it would expose the Prince to the same under-oath legal processes he desires to evade

Eringer is satisfied to have set the record straight, under oath, about his five-and-half-year role as Spymaster to Prince Albert of Monaco.  Furthermore, Eringer is satisfied that he has been able to expose, on the record, Prince Albert’s inability to bring ethics to the Principality of Monaco contrary to his public announcements.

While his birthright precludes him from legal process, the Prince remains morally culpable.

Contact: Brigham J. Ricks, Esq., 1.805.884.9538, brigham@rickslaw.com

Press Release

Written by Brigham Ricks

November 13, 2009 at 5:03 pm