Jackson’s Friend Wins Condo Lawsuit

[b]Jackson’s Friend Wins Condo Lawsuit[/b] By Associated Press 8:30 PM PDT, August 18, 2006 LOS ANGELES — A man who was set on fire as a child by his father and befriended by Michael Jackson during his recovery reclaimed a condominium Friday that someone posing as the pop star’s cousin had been accused of bilking from him. A superior court judge signed a default judgment returning the property to Dave Dave, formerly known as David Rothenberg, said his attorney, Brian Oxman. Dave was also awarded $93,000 in damages, according to Oxman, who said he took on the case at Jackson’s request. “This is a case where the most vulnerable was taken advantage of,” Oxman said. Dave, 28, was 6 when his father doused him with kerosene and set him on fire in an Orange County motel room during a custody dispute. More than 90 percent of Rothenberg’s body was burned. Dave alleged in a lawsuit filed in February that Darnello Jackson posed as Michael Jackson’s cousin to gain his trust and tricked him into signing over his $335,000 condominium in Inglewood. The two met in 2003 at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. Darnello Jackson did not appear for the hearing or file court papers. “All I can say now is that there is another side to this story,” he said by phone. source: LA Times

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