2 defendants in Hillbroom lawsuit reach a settlement


Two of the three defendants in the lawsuit of Junior Larry Hillbroom who filed cross-claims against each other have reached a settlement.

Barry Israel and Keith Waibel informed the U.S District Court for the NMI in a conference last week that they have reached a settlement on all of their cross-claims against each other and are currently working on an agreement to have the cases dismissed.

U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Manglona ordered Israel and Waibel to file their agreement by Nov. 30.

Manglona also vacated the jury trial for the cross-claims that Israel and Waibel filed against each other and scheduled a status conference for Dec. 1.

David Lujan, the third defendant in the Hillbroom case, previously told the court that his third-party claims against Waibel are stayed pending the resolution of a settlement discussion with Hillbroom.

Lujan sued Waibel and other unnamed co-conspirators for indemnification, alleging that it was Waibel who was responsible for Hillbroom filing the lawsuit against him.

Israel sued Waibel for slander and libel, claiming that Waibel made defamatory statements against him intentionally and with malice.

According to Saipan Tribune archives, Junior Larry Hillbroom, one of the four DNA-proven heirs of DHL Corp. founder Larry Lee Hillblom, are suing Waibel, Israel, and Lujan for alleged fraud. Israel and Lujan represented Hillbroom when he was a minor in securing $90 million from the Hillblom estate. When he became an adult, Hillbroom sued his former lawyers for malpractice, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and violations of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Hillbroom also sued his trustee, Waibel, for conspiracy.

Hillbroom alleged that the defendants committed extrinsic fraud on the Guam guardianship court by denying him a fair opportunity to challenge their 56% retainer.

DHL’s Hillblom died in a plane crash in 1995 near Saipan, leaving behind an estate estimated to be around $600 million.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Bautista Esmores has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.
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