IPI employee’s lawsuit over elevator accident is dismissed

The federal court last April 12 dismissed with finality a lawsuit filed by an employee of Imperial Pacific International Holdings Ltd., who alleged that he ws injured when a cup of hot coffee he was holding spilled on his hand after an elevator shook violently in a bank’s building in Garapan.

The dismissal is with prejudice, which means Randyl W. Kruid can no longer re-file his lawsuit against BankGuam Holding Co. and the Connecticut-based Otis Elevator Co.

U.S. District Court for the NMI designated Judge Frances M. Tydingco-Gatewood dismissed all of Kruid’s claims at the parties’ request to drop the case.

Bruce Berline is counsel for Kruid. Thomas E. Clifford and Daniel T. Guidotti are counsel for BankGuam Holding Co. and Otis Elevator Co., respectively.

Parties on both sides agreed on a settlement last month.

Kruid was demanding damages.

Imperial Pacific was leasing office space on the fourth floor of the Bank of Guam building. Kruid, a resident of South Dakota, worked at Imperial Pacific’s offices on the fourth floor.

According to Kruid, he was on his way to the IPI office early in the morning of Nov. 22, 2017, when the elevator allegedly shook, causing the cup of hot coffee he was holding to spill on the back of his left hand.

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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