LOS ANGELES (LALATE EXCLUSIVE) – What happened to Leland Chapman, Duane Lee Chapman and Tim Chapman? Leland Chapman returns to “Dog and Beth” this week on TV. But Leland Chapman along with Duane Lee and Tim of Dog the Bounty Hunter have gone missing from a federal court action. And now the court is considering to dismissing their action after failing to make court appearances and respond to letters, LALATE can exclusively report.
Leland Chapman, Duane Lee Chapman and Tim Chapman sued Boris Krutonog and Pivot Point Entertainment, LLC in 2008 over the A&E show Dog the Bounty Hunter. Originally Dog and Beth also were co-plaintiffs represented by Martin D. Singer. Dog and Beth thereafter were out of the case.
But in June 2013, attorneys Singer and Philip Browns petitioned the court to withdraw as counsel for Leland, Duane Lee and Tim. On the 26th of that month the court ordered that the Chapmans’ counsel can get out of the case.
At that point, Leland, Duane Lee, and Tim were left representing themselves. The court noted, however, that the defense counsel was going to file a motion to dismiss the case if the Chapmans don’t start responding. “Defense Counsel Michael Okazaki represented that the Defendants intend to file a motion to dismiss for failure to prosecute if the Plaintiffs fail to take action in the case.”
Documents obtained exclusively by LALATE reveal that a federal judge ordered Leland, Duane Lee, and Tim to appear in court on August 5, 2013. “Plaintiffs are ordered to appear at the Status Conference set for 8/5/2013 at 10:30 am.” But they didn’t appear. And Leland, Duane Lee, and Tim didn’t show up at a June 26 hearing either. “Plaintiffs Duane Lee Chapman II, Leland Chapman, and Tim Chapman have not complied with the Courts 6/19/2013 Order to appear in person or telephonically at today’s hearing [of June 26, 2013]”, the court found.
With Leland, Duane Lee and Tim having missed two court hearing appearances, counsel for the defendant Boris Krutonog filed days ago a Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Prosecution. Defendant is arguing that while you can find Leland Chapman on “Dog and Beth”, you can’t allegedly get him to appear at court in his own case.
Defense counsel has lodged certified mail receipts of letters sent to Leland Chapman’s home address in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Duane Lee Chapman II’s home, and to Tim Chapman’s home in Kula, Hawaii.