Bank owner in settlement talks with man over shaking elevator

The owner of Bank of Guam has been holding some settlement talks with a man who sued the bank in federal court over alleged injuries he suffered when a cup of hot coffee he was holding spilled on his hand after the elevator in the bank’s building in Garapan shook violently.

At a status conference last Thursday, U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona asked for an update in the lawsuit filed by Randyl W. Kruid against BankGuam Holding Co.

According to the minutes of the conference, Kruid’s lawyer, Benjamin Petersburg, told the court about the settlement talks, saying they expect to resolve the matter in the next couple of weeks.

Petersburg said they are also trying to locate an expert in elevator maintenance and noted there is a possibility of adding a party to the case.

Thomas Clifford, counsel for BankGuam Holding Co., agreed that there have been such discussions.

Manglona noted the deadlines for discovery were approaching and stated that the parties can request for an earlier settlement conference if they would like to schedule one.

Kruid is suing BankGuam for negligence. He is demanding unspecified damages.

According to the complaint, Kruid spilled hit coffee on his hand last Nov. 22 when the elevator at the Bank of Guam building shook as he was going up to the fourth floor, where he worked.

Kruid’s hand was allegedly severely burned and required medical attention. (Ferdie de la Torre)

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com

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