On August 30, 2017, Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood of the District Court of Guam dismissed a lawsuit that had been filed against the government of Guam, including the Guam International Airport Agency (GIAA), in 2015 by Vicente Crawford who sought compensation for the Airport's continued use of his ancestral lands. CFJ's Genevieve Rapadas successfully argued the summary judgment motion in federal court on behalf of GIAA. The CFJ team on the case also included Jay Trickett and Kathy Fisher.
Noelle Monge, who is a sophmore and English major at Boston University, is one of six young Guam residents who speak out about the island in a New York Times article that appeared on August 20, 2017, Young Voices on a Targeted Island: 'Very Lucky to Be From Guam'. CFJ's Eduardo "Champ" Calvo is Noelle's proud grandfather. CFJ's Jennifer Calvo and Christian Calvo are her aunt and uncle.
CFJ Partner Michael Pangelinan was one of several Guam residents who commented to the New York Times on August 10, 2017 for the article entitled, "At the Tip of the Spear": Guam Residents on U.S.-North Korea Tensions. Mikes thoughts are set out in full below:
'Just Regular Americans'
Michael A. Pangelinan, 47, a lawyer who lives in Dededo, in the north of the island, was one of many Guamanians who expressed frustration about how little their home was understood by Americans.
(SHRM Press Release) — The Society for Human Resource Management-NMI chapter is pleased to have attorney Dana A. Gutierrez, the SHRM Guam chapter’s vice president of legislative affairs, speak at the July 27 local SHRM membership meeting regarding highlights from the 2017 SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conference she attended recently in Washington, D.C.
CFJ partner Rodney Jacob is the International Liaison Partner for Ateneo de Manila University for FEED 25 - a social justice project to assist Ateneo de Manila University’s Center of Educational Development feed students in sponsored public schools in the Philippines.
Calvo Fisher & Jacob associate Christian Calvo was sworn in as a member of the Guam Bar on May 14. He appears in this photo with justices of the Guam Supreme Court, colleagues from CFJ and members of his family. Christian joins his father, Eduardo "Champ" Calvo and sister, Jennifer Calvo, as attorneys with the firm.
CFJ partner Rodney Jacob's op-ed is available here.
CFJ's Rodney Jacob and Kathy Fisher are representing two Norwegian insurance companies in litigation relating to the proper venue for a wrongful death claim. A federal court judge in Guam ruled on March 9, 2017 on behalf of the companies finding that the dispute belongs in arbitration in Norway under the terms of an underlying arbitration agreement.
CFJ's Genevieve Rapadas was in Guam Superior Court on September 29, 2016 to ask the court to to confirm the arbitration award in favor of YTK in the Hotel Wharf matter and bring an end to a dispute of over 10 years with the Port of Guam.
KUAM video coverage of the hearing includes some of Rapadas' arguments to the court, Court hearing held in Port v. YTK matter.