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Lujan seeks change in schedule for Hillbroom deposition

JUNIOR Larry Hillbroom’s former lawyer, David Lujan, has asked the federal court to change the schedule for taking his former client’s deposition.

In a motion filed on Thursday, Lujan said it is unreasonable for him to depose Hillbroom earlier than Nov. 2017 due the number of cases that he is handling.

Lujan told the court that he is scheduled to go to trial as defense counsel in six cases.

Junior Larry HillbroomJunior Larry Hillbroom

Hillbroom has sued Lujan and attorney Barry Israel for malpractice.

District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona earlier set Aug. 1, 2017 as deposition notice deadline. She wants witness depositions concluded by Sept. 29, 2017, and for the jury selection and trial to start on Feb. 8, 2018.

Hillbroom filed a malpractice lawsuit against his former lawyers Lujan and Barry Israel.

Lujan is asking the federal court to reschedule at least the first five dates so he can depose Hillbroom.

Lujan also noted that Hillbroom is serving a 60-day sentence in Palau for escape, and is expected to be released on Aug. 17, 2017.

Hillbroom has not been available to be deposed at mutually convenient times, Lujan added.

Recently, Israel, through his private counsel Theodore Frank, expressed doubts about how the lawsuit can proceed given Hillbroom’s 60-day prison term and pending drug case in Palau.

Frank said the parties and the court are in no better position now to determine how Hillbroom’s Palau criminal case will impede the civil suit he filed on Saipan.

Mark Hanson is Hillbroom’s Saipan counsel in the legal malpractive lawsuit against David Lujan and Barry Israel.

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