Bill would compel mediation for Zuckerberg-type land deals

Bill would compel mediation for Zuckerberg-type land deals

By AUDREY McAVOY
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii lawmaker plans to introduce legislation that could force Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg into mediation before he is allowed to buy real estate on Kauai island.

State Rep. Kaniela Ing said Friday that Hawaii's sugar barons employed laws Zuckerberg is using to take land from Native Hawaiians.

He says Zuckerberg is "completing the theft."

Zuckerberg last month filed lawsuits to identify owners of 14 parcels interspersed with his 700-acre spread so he could pay them and buy the land.

Ownership of the small lots could be split between hundreds and many of them unidentified.

If passed, Ing's bill would likely take effect July 1. It would apply to Zuckerberg's cases if they are still ongoing.

A Zuckerberg spokesman did not immediately return email and phone messages seeking comment.

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