Outrigger guests sue resort over pool injury
Two South Korean citizens on Feb. 22 filed a lawsuit in the District Court of Guam against the Outrigger Guam Beach Resort following a pool incident on March 3, 2017, in which one of them was injured while attempting to dive into a pool.

According to the complaint, Myungho Shin’s head struck the bottom of a shallow pool, leaving him unconscious. Hyojung Park found Shin and called for help, but there were no attendants or life guards around. Because of the incident, Shin suffers from fractures, paralysis and loss of consciousness, among other alleged symptoms, and has undergone multiple medical tests, surgeries, medication and off-island travel for medical attention.

The couple is demanding a jury trial against the resort and relief from the physical, emotional and economic damages from the incident. While no amount was given, the lawsuit stated the damages exceed $1 million.

Outrigger Guam Ltd. Partnership and Outrigger Pacific Inc. are also listed as defendants in the case.


Hansen executive requests charges dropped
In a Feb. 5 motion hearing at the District Court of Guam, one of the four Hansen Helicopters Inc. executives indicted in an alleged fraud case is requesting that two counts against him be dismissed.

The two counts in question against Director of Operations Kenneth R. Crowe are conspiracy to defraud the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration and conspiracy to defraud the Federal Aviation Administration. The parties provided their arguments to the court and a decision is expected at a later date.

Hansen Helicopters owner John D. Walker, Executive Vice President Marvin R. Reed and Director of Maintenance Phillip T. Kapp are the other three defendants in the case. The four executives were handed 23 counts of indictment charges relative to an alleged scheme for Hansen to operate and lease aircraft that were not compliant with NTSB and FAA.

In the most recent filings of the case, the defendants raised a motion to address potential conflicts regarding defense attorney David J. Lujan, who had represented the company and its executives since a search warrant was ordered on Hansen Helicopters in 2016. The motion was later denied by the judge. The defendants and Lujan have signed a conflict of interest waiver and submitted it to court records on Feb. 22.


GRMC requests again to dismiss former CEO’s complaint
Guam Healthcare Development Inc., which operates Guam Regional Medical City, on Feb. 18 made another request to the Superior Court of Guam to dismiss a temporary restraining order filed by Margaret A. Bengzon, former CEO, president and board chairwoman of the hospital.

Bengzon had said she was unfairly and illegally booted from her role with the hospital corporation and demanded injunctive relief. In the latest hearing, an attorney representing GRMC told Judge Elyze M. Iriarte her complaint has no standing because she is not contracted with the corporation. Iriarte said the matter was under advisement. mbj