Graceland foreclosure sale halted as Presley estate's lawsuit moves forward

graceland foreclosure sale halted as presley estate's lawsuit moves forward

FILE - Fans wait in line outside Graceland Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. A Tennessee judge on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, blocked the auction of Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley, by a company that claimed his estate failed to repay a loan that used the property as collateral. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday said Elvis Presley's estate could be successful in arguing that a company's attempt to auction Graceland is fraudulent as he halted a foreclosure sale of the beloved Memphis tourist attraction.

Later Wednesday, a statement from someone who appeared to be a representative of the company said it would drop its claim, which the Presley estate has argued is based on fake documents. Online court records did not immediately show any legal filings suggesting the claim had been dropped.

Shelby County Chancellor JoeDae Jenkins issued a temporary injunction against the proposed auction that had been scheduled for Thursday in Memphis, where the king of rock ‘n’ roll's former home is located. Jenkins' injunction essentially keeps in place a previous restraining order issued at the request of Presley’s granddaughter Riley Keough.

“Graceland is a part of this community, well-loved by this community and indeed around the world,” the judge said.

A public notice for a foreclosure sale of the 13-acre estate posted earlier in May said Promenade Trust, which controls the Graceland museum, owes $3.8 million after failing to repay a 2018 loan. Keough, an actor, inherited the trust and ownership of the home after the death of her mother, Lisa Marie Presley, last year.

graceland foreclosure sale halted as presley estate's lawsuit moves forward

Jeff German. right, a representative for the Presley family, laughs before a court hearing, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Memphis, Tenn. A Tennessee judge on Wednesday blocked the auction of Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley, by a company that claimed his estate failed to repay a loan that used the property as collateral. (Benjamin Naylor/Daily Memphian via AP)

Naussany Investments and Private Lending said Lisa Marie Presley had used Graceland as collateral for the loan, according to the foreclosure sale notice. A lawsuit filed last week by Keough alleged that Naussany presented fraudulent documents regarding the loan in September 2023.

“Lisa Maria Presley never borrowed money from Naussany Investments and never gave a deed of trust to Naussany Investments,” Keough’s lawyer wrote in a lawsuit.

Neither Keough nor lawyers for Naussany Investments were in court Wednesday. Keough's attorney, Jeff Germany, said outside of court that he has not had direct contact with representatives from Naussany.

Naussany did file an unsuccessful motion denying the lawsuit's allegations and opposing the estate's request for an injunction.

A statement emailed to The Associated Press after Wednesday's ruling said Naussany would not proceed because a key document in the case and the loan were recorded and obtained in a different state, meaning that “legal action would have to be filed in multiple states.” The statement, which was sent from an email address listed in court documents, did not specify the other state.

graceland foreclosure sale halted as presley estate's lawsuit moves forward

Chancellor JoeDae Jenkins presides before a court hearing regarding the estate of Elvis Presley, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Memphis, Tenn. Judge Jenkins, on Wednesday, blocked the auction of Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley, by a company that claimed his estate failed to repay a loan that used the property as collateral. (Benjamin Naylor/Daily Memphian via AP)

“The company will be withdrawing all claims with prejudice,” the statement said.

The court documents included addresses for the company in Jacksonville, Florida, and Hollister, Missouri. Both were for post offices, and a Kimberling City, Missouri, reference was for a post office box. The business also is not listed in state databases of registered corporations in Missouri or Florida.

Kimberly Philbrick, the notary whose name is listed on Naussany's documents, indicated that she never met Lisa Marie Presley nor notarized any documents for her, according to the estate's lawsuit. The judge said the notary's affidavit included in the lawsuit brings into question "the authenticity of the signature.”

Paul Golden, a lawyer for New York-based Coffey Modica who handles real estate litigation but is not directly involved in the case, said that affidavit and other inconsistencies in the company's paperwork appeared to be “extremely strong evidence” to support the Presley estate’s position.

graceland foreclosure sale halted as presley estate's lawsuit moves forward

Jeff German. a representative for the Presley family, speaks to members of the media following at court hearing, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Memphis, Tenn. A Tennessee judge on Wednesday blocked the auction of Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley, by a company that claimed his estate failed to repay a loan that used the property as collateral. (Benjamin Naylor/Daily Memphian via AP)

Graceland opened as a museum and tourist attraction in 1982 as a tribute to Elvis Presley, the singer and actor who died in August 1977 at age 42. It draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. A large Presley-themed entertainment complex across the street from the museum is owned by Elvis Presley Enterprises.

graceland foreclosure sale halted as presley estate's lawsuit moves forward

Jeff German. a representative for the Presley family, speaks to members of the media following at court hearing, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Memphis, Tenn. A Tennessee judge on Wednesday blocked the auction of Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley, by a company that claimed his estate failed to repay a loan that used the property as collateral. (Benjamin Naylor/Daily Memphian via AP)

"Graceland will continue to operate as it has for the past 42 years, ensuring that Elvis fans from around the world can continue to have the best in class experience when visiting his iconic home,” Elvis Presley Enterprises said in a statement.

___

Associated Press reporters Heather Hollingsworth in Mission, Kansas, contributed.

OTHER NEWS

6 hrs ago

Mexico's Sheinbaum says polls show support for judicial reform

6 hrs ago

Will South Africa’s new coalition gov’t change tack on Israel-Palestine?

6 hrs ago

NI power-sharing discussed during Biden-Harris call

6 hrs ago

Geena Davis Shares Why Feminist Classic ‘Thelma & Louise' Should Never Get a Hollywood Remake

6 hrs ago

Patriots release rookie offensive lineman after mandatory minicamp

6 hrs ago

Alex Edelman's 'Just For Us' Takes Viewers on a Bizarre, Enlightening Journey to a Neo-Nazi Meeting

6 hrs ago

83 days until kickoff: Every Pittsburgh Steelers player to wear No. 83

7 hrs ago

“Doubling Down with the Derricos”: Karen Details 'Routine' for Dining Out with 16 Kids So They Don't 'Starve' (Exclusive)

7 hrs ago

Kroger Is Giving Away 45,000 Pints of Ice Cream to Celebrate Summer — Here's How to Get One

7 hrs ago

Before Juneteenth

7 hrs ago

Panthers and Oilers turn to poker and Mario Kart on long flights in the Stanley Cup Final

7 hrs ago

Patriots announce release of rookie offensive lineman

7 hrs ago

Carrie Preston on Playing Elsbeth for 14 Years (and Why She'd Play Her for Another 14)

7 hrs ago

Danielle Fishel Remembers Cutting Her Own Hair on an Episode of “Boy Meets World”: 'I Was Thrilled'

7 hrs ago

Coldplay to Release ‘Moon Music' Album With ‘New Sustainability Standards'

7 hrs ago

Carrie Preston Talks Season 2 of ‘Elsbeth': ‘We Will Learn More About Everybody's Backstory'

7 hrs ago

‘The Gilded Age' Season 3 Casts Phylicia Rashad, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jordan Donica, Victoria Clark

8 hrs ago

Some Destiny 2 Players Think an Exotic Ship is Teasing Future Content

8 hrs ago

Y&R Vet Joshua Morrow's Real-Life Son to Take Over B&B Role of [Spoiler]

8 hrs ago

‘The Boys' Season 4 Release Schedule: When Do New Episodes Air?

8 hrs ago

Highest-paid NFL QBs by salary cap percentage: Top 2024 bargains, long-term steals, most expensive starters

8 hrs ago

US says two universities fell short in addressing anti-Arab, antisemitic hate

8 hrs ago

2024 Nissan Z Heritage Edition Has a Datsun-Like Nose, Starts at $60,275

8 hrs ago

Report: Veteran backfield signing 'likely' for Giants

8 hrs ago

Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 Countdown for June 22, 2024 | Billboard News

8 hrs ago

‘The Imaginary' Trailer Brings Hand-Drawn Animation to Netflix

8 hrs ago

Jordan Peele Sets Next Feature as Writer-Director for Halloween 2026

8 hrs ago

Francis Ford Coppola's ‘Megalopolis' secures Lionsgate distribution, fall release date

8 hrs ago

Billy Gilmour - journey from 'Oor Billy' to Scotland's hope

8 hrs ago

Latest Mets starting lineup change looks like the best one they could have

8 hrs ago

Hiram Kasten, Comedian and “Seinfeld”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” Actor, Dead at 71

8 hrs ago

Phillies Superstar Leads National League All-Star Voting After First Ballot Update

8 hrs ago

Star Trek: Prodigy Officially Lands Season 2 Release Date at Netflix

8 hrs ago

What to Watch this week: Austin Butler and Tom Hardy are “The Bikeriders”, “Orphan Black” returns

9 hrs ago

John Oliver Is Giddy About Getting His Own Cake Bear: "It Looks Like It's Wearing a John Oliver Halloween Mask"

9 hrs ago

Everything to Know About Jennifer Lopez's “Kiss of the Spider Woman” Movie Musical, Co-Produced by Ben Affleck

9 hrs ago

UFL 2024: UFL Championship Game by the numbers

9 hrs ago

Pro-Palestine students end LSE building encampment

9 hrs ago

We left the U.S. for Spain and pay $915 a month for a penthouse with a terrace: Why we're so much happier here

9 hrs ago

Martin Scorsese to Shoot Sicilian Shipwreck Documentary