Court Denies Emergency Petition to Move Prince Vault from California, Scolds Heirs for Filing

December 11, 2017 07:19 PM

A Carver County judge has denied an emergency petition requesting Prince's music vault is moved back to Paisely Park in Chanhassen from Hollywood because of the California wildfires. 

The judgment issued Monday scolds the heirs of the Prince estate whose lawyers filed the petition stating, "The Court strongly condemns bringing this matter before the Court without adequate discussion between parties and will sanction a party for doing so in the future." 

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Judge Kevin Eide also wrote, "The cost of the administration of the Estate will be reduced by the parties simply talking about issues before they are raised in pleadings, correspondence or court hearings."

The petition was filed Friday citing the heirs' concern about the "safety" of the vault, which is at the Iron Mountain facility. In the petition, it states the clients "have almost no information regarding the actual location of the Vault or its physical safety protocols."

Prince's vault is said to contain the masters of unreleased music valued at $200 million, and his heirs want to see it moved back to Paisley Park. 

RELATED: Prince Tapes Moved from Minnesota Vault to California; 2 Heirs Angry

Comerica Bank & Trust is the company running the estate and made the decision to move the vault to California this fall. At the time, Sharon and Norrine Nelson, Prince's half-sisters told The Associated Press they would take legal action to return the vault to Minnesota.

"We want the music back home in Paisley Park where it belongs," Sharon Nelson said in October.

RELATED: As California Fires Spread, Petition to Move Prince's Vault from Hollywood to Paisley Park

Norrine Nelson called it "extraordinary and unconscionable."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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