Rep. Janet Maratita (Ind-Saipan), through counsel Ramon K. Quichocho, has asked the federal court to postpone the Sept. 30, 2013, hearing where it is expected to approve the settlement agreement in Johnson’s class action.
Jesus I. Taisague joined Maratita in making the request that also asks the U.S. District Court for the NMI to lift its stay order that prevents them from filing a motion to intervene in Johnson’s class action.
U.S. District Court for the NMI designated judge Frances M. Tydingco-Gatewood also disclosed yesterday that Maratita and Taisague want to be allowed to file a motion to intervene, together with a proposed complaint in intervention.
Tydingco-Gatewood ordered all responses to Maratita’s motion to be filed no later than Thursday, Sept. 26, at 9am. Maratita and Taisague will be allowed to file a reply brief no later than Friday, Sept. 27, at 9am.
Quichocho, as counsel for Maratita, Taisague, and Joaquin Q. Atalig, informed the court on Friday of their intent to file a motion to intervene in Johnson’s class action.
At the Sept. 30 hearing, the judge will also hear Johnson’s counsels’ petitions for attorneys’ fees and costs in the total minimum amount of over $40 million and total maximum amount of over $60 million.
On Thursday, Maratita prefiled a resolution urging Gov. Eloy S. Inos to reconsider and withdraw from the Fund settlement agreement. She believes that pursuing the terms of the agreement “constitutes the impeachable offense of neglect of duty under Article 3 Section 19” of the CNMI Constitution.
Only 16 Fund members, including two lawmakers, opted out of the settlement agreement.