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Judge places under advisement motion for summary judgment against former Hillbroom trustee

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DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has placed under advisement the motion for summary judgment filed by Barry Israel in his cross-claims against Junior Larry Hillbroom’s former trustee Keith Waibel.

Waibel, for his part, has asked the court to dismiss the cross-claims  with prejudice.

Hillbroom sued his former attorneys David Lujan and Barry Israel for legal malpractice, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and violations of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

Waibel, the former trustee of the JLH trust, was sued by Hillbroom for conspiracy.

Israel has filed a motion for summary judgment in his cross-claims for defamation against Waibel.

Israel requested the court to enter a judgment against Waibel and issue an award of $1,442,877.67 and punitive damages in the amount of $400,000.

At the status conference hearing on Oct. 1, attorney Rachel Dimitruk, who represents Hillbroom, and Lujan, who represents himself, told the court that mediation between them was ongoing.

Judge Manglona directed Dimitruk and Lujan to continue to pursue mediation.

The judge also scheduled another status conference for Nov. 5 at 8:30 a.m.

In July 2020, Hillbroom agreed to dismiss Israel from the lawsuit after they reached a settlement agreement. A stipulation of dismissal from the parties has been filed in the court.

Barry Israel and David Lujan represented Hillbroom when he was a minor, and, on behalf of Hillbroom, secured $90 million from the Larry Hillblom estate.

When he became an adult, Hillbroom sued his former lawyers for malpractice, and Waibel for conspiracy.

Hillbroom is one of the four DNA-proven heirs of DHL Corp. founder Larry Lee Hillblom who died in a plane crash in May 1995 near Saipan leaving behind him an estate estimated to be about $600 million.

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

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