Hillbroom agrees to dismiss Barry Israel from malpractice lawsuit

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JUNIOR Larry Hillbroom has agreed to dismiss Barry Israel — one of the two defendants — from the malpractice lawsuit that Hillbroom filed against them.

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

On July 2, a stipulation of dismissal with prejudice was filed in the District Court for the NMI  by Hillbroom’s attorney, Rachel A. Dimitruk, and Israel’s attorney, Theodore Frank.

The stipulation did not state the reason for the dismissal.

Hillbroom also sued  Keith Waibel, a former trustee of the plaintiff’s trust, for conspiracy.

Attorneys Barry Israel and David Lujan represented Hillbroom when he was a minor in securing $90 million from the Larry Lee Hillblom estate.

Hillbroom, who is now 36 years old, is one of the four DNA-proven heirs of DHL Corp. founder Larry Lee Hillblom who died in a plane crash in 1995 near Saipan leaving behind him an estate estimated at 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.

Last year, the federal court vacated the jury trial scheduled for Nov. 19, 2019 after the parties expressed their desire to settle their dispute through a mediator.

Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has scheduled a status conference for July 31, 2020.


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