Khalil Seyrafi was president of Electro-Optical Research Company and author of the textbooks Introduction to Electro-Optical Imaging and Tracking Systems and Electro-Optical Systems Analysis which were based on his lectures at UCLA.
In 1979, a dispute between the neighbors ended up in court. On August 28, 1979, Nilsson won a temporary court order preventing Seyrafi from installing a chain link fence between their properties.
Nilsson stated that the fence was a plot to harass him. Seyrafi countered that he wanted the fence to "keep wild animals out."