Unless it's a Federal Court, no California court has jurisdiction in New York. I do not see how selling property is a scandal. Maybe I'm just dense, but that seems like a reach.
My husband and I own a small farm. We bought the property at ten dollars an acre about twenty years ago. Recent sales of similar property suggest it would sell for nearly 100 dollars an acre. Do I 'sin' if I now sell off the farm and take the profit? Is that a scandal? If it isn't a scandal for me to do so, how is it one for the Watchtower to do so?
Is it a 'sin' for me to ignore a California court with no jurisdiction in Washington State, where I live? That issue arose when my dad's mother died. Our lawyer simply reminded the State of California that they had no enforcement power over a Washington citizen.