Monday, 09 January 2017

Deadline extended in Fernandez $7M civil suit

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In the $7 million civil rights lawsuit filed by Superintendent Jon Fernandez, a federal judge granted his request to extend the deadline to respond to the defense's request to dismiss the lawsuit.   


Guam - In the $7 million lawsuit against the Guam Education Board, Chief District Court Judge Francis Tydingco-Gatewood granted Fernandez's motion to extend his opposition to the board's request to dismiss the case altogether. GEB filed that dismissal lodged against them back in December of last year based on an argument that Fernandez’s claims were meritless.

Fernandez has now been given two extra weeks to file that opposition to dismiss his lawsuit. He will have until January 20 to file that claim and subsequently, GEB will have until February 3 to respond. Chief Judge Tydingco-Gatewood denied Fernandez’s second motion as "moot" stating that the second motion to extend was unnecessary.

GEB became the target of a lawsuit following the controversial ousting of Superintendent Jon Fernandez. The board has since been placed on a temporary restraining order and board members Lou San Nicolas, Rosie Tainatongo, Ken Chargulaf, Charlene Concepcion, Jose Cruz, and Ryan Torres are being sued for $1 million each along with the board as a whole totaling $7 million. 


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