Hillbroom’s request for more time OK’d


The federal court has granted Junior Larry Hillbroom’s request for more time to respond to the motions filed by his two former lawyers that he is suing.

At a hearing on Tuesday, U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona granted Hillbroom’s motion for more time.

Hillbroom’s former counsels, David J. Lujan and Barry Israel, have pending motions in connection with Hillbroom’s lawsuit against them.

The minutes of Tuesday’s hearing showed that Hillbroom’s counsel, Rachel Dimitruk, also discussed the status of Hillbroom’s pending cases in Palau.

Dimitruk disclosed that Bill Ridpath, the Palau attorney for Hillbroom, provided her with the updates.

Dimitruk said that Hillbroom’s trial in Palau set for Dec. 19, 2016, was cancelled due to discovery issues.

A status conference was held Tuesday, Jan. 10, in Palau to set a new trial date.

Dimitruk said her discussion with Ridpath was that they are willing to put off the criminal case until the civil case in federal court on Saipan is resolved.

Manglona set a case management conference on Feb. 15 at 10am. The judge also scheduled on that same day and time the hearing on Lujan’s and Israel’s motion to compel depositions of Hillbroom and for order terminating monetary sanctions against Hillbroom.

Hillbroom is one of the four DNA-proven children of the late business tycoon and DHL co-founder Larry Lee Hillblom.

Hillbroom’s name is spelled differently from DHL co-founder Hillblom. Hillbroom’s mother, Kaelani Kinney, is a Palauan.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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