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Notice of Deposition of Prince Albert II

The parties in the lawsuit have been ordered by the Court to conduct discovery into the facts and circumstances surrounding Robert Eringer’s contract with the Principality of Monaco and the duties he performed.  Prince Albert (1) directly hired Eringer, (2) personally negotiated the terms of the contract and subsequent amendments, and (3) exclusively and solely directed Eringer’s intelligence activities and received Eringer’s oral and written reports.  Besides Eringer, Prince Albert is the only witness with personal knowledge of the facts and evidence the Court is requiring.  Only Prince Albert can confirm or dispute Eringer’s testimony and evidence.

Therefore, Eringer’s attorney has sent Monaco a Notice of Deposition for Prince Albert to be deposed on 12 July 2010 in Santa Barbara, California.

A copy of the Notice of Deposition can be obtained at the link below.

Notice of Deposition of Prince Albert II

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

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Written by Brigham Ricks

June 15, 2010 at 11:31 am

Press Release – Court orders hearing on Monaco’s motion to dismiss vacated

PRESS RELEASE

Santa Barbara, California (June 10, 2010)

Re:   Robert Eringer v. Principality of Monaco

United States District Court, Central District of California

Case No. CV 10-1803 GAF (RCx)

Today, the U.S. District Court issued its decision on the Principality of Monaco’s Motion to Dismiss the complaint of Robert Eringer.  The court ordered the hearing on the motion vacated and further ordered the parties to commence discovery.

As Eringer reported solely and exclusively to Prince Albert II, any evidence from Monaco to dispute Eringer’s claims must come from His Serene Highness.  We look forward to the Prince’s deposition testimony.

Eringer is the former spymaster of Monaco.  From 2002-2008 Eringer served as Prince Albert II’s intelligence advisor and, at the behest of His Serene Highness, established and directed the Monaco Intelligence Service.

On November 19, 2009, Eringer filed a complaint against Monaco claiming breach of contract and fraud due to Monaco’s failure to pay for his services.  Monaco did not dispute Eringer’s claims but filed a motion to dismiss stating it had immunity from US courts.

Eringer opposed this motion arguing that immunity was not available to Monaco.  The court vacated the hearing on the motion to dismiss and allowed the case to proceed.

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

Press Release – Motion to Dismiss Vacated

Written by Brigham Ricks

June 11, 2010 at 12:56 am

Press Release – Robert Eringer files amended complaint against Principality of Monaco

PRESS RELEASE

Santa Barbara, California (March 29, 2010)

Re: Robert Eringer v. Principality of Monaco

As anticipated, the Principality of Monaco’s attorneys have engaged procedural maneuvering to avoid as long as possible the substance of Robert Eringer’s lawsuit.  Just before the case’s first hearing in the Santa Barbara County Superior Court, Monaco engaged a tactic to remove the lawsuit from California state court jurisdiction to federal court jurisdiction (United States District Court, California Central District, Case No. 2:10-cv-01803-GAF-RC).   Eringer has today filed a verified amended complaint in the now federal case against the Principality of Monaco for breach of contract and fraud (copy available at http://www.rickslaw.com). Eringer alleges that he provided intelligence services to Monaco and its Sovereign, Prince Albert, and thereafter was not paid.

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.

Some 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, Prince 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 – First Amended Complaint

First Amended Complaint

Written by Brigham Ricks

March 29, 2010 at 9:21 pm

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

Robert Eringer v. Prince Albert II of Monaco

In the case of Robert Eringer v. Prince Albert II of Monaco, below is a link to download the complaint with attached exhibits (large PDF file, approximately 14 MB).

The case is pending in the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara, Anacapa Division, Case number 1339892.  It is assigned to Judge Denise de Bellefeuille in Department 6.  A case management conference before the judge has been set for February 4, 2010.

All media inquiries may be directed as follows:

Brigham J. Ricks, Esq.

Tel: 1.805.884.9538

brigham@rickslaw.com

Complaint – Robert Eringer v. Prince Albert II of Monaco

UPDATE: 13 November 2009 – Please click on the Press Release link below for an update on this lawsuit.

Press Release – Eringer v. Prince Albert

UPDATE: 19 November 2009 – Please click on the Press Release link below for the announcement of Robert Eringer’s lawsuit against the Principality of Monaco.

Press Release – Eringer v. Monaco

UPDATE: 29 March 2010 – Please click on the Press Release link below for the announcement of Robert Eringer’s first amended complaint.

Press Release – First Amended Complaint

First Amended Complaint

UPDATE: 10 June 2010 – Please click on the Press Release link below for an update on the Court’s decision to vacate the hearing on Monaco’s motion to dismiss.

Press Release – Motion to Dismiss Vacated

UPDATE: 15 June 2010 – Monaco’s attorneys have been served with a Notice of Deposition for Prince Albert to be deposed on 12 July 2010 in Santa Barbara, California.  A copy of the Notice of Deposition can be obtained at the link below.

Notice of Deposition of Prince Albert II

Written by Brigham Ricks

October 26, 2009 at 11:10 am