COURT REJECTS LATEST DHL MILLIONAIRE

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Woman claims to have 2 children from late Larry Hillblom

By Ferdie de la Torre The SAIPAN, CNMI (Saipan Tribune, Oct. 29, 2010) – The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Supreme Court rejected yesterday two more documents filed by Sally Bauer, a Buffalo, New York resident who claims to have two children fathered by the late multi-millionaire Larry L. Hillblom.

[PIR editor’s note: Larry Lee Hillblom is an American businessman and a co-founder of the Worldwide Express, DHL, a shipping company which was later transformed into an Air courier. He resided in Saipan in the 1980’s where he established businesses and development projects in Vietnam, Philippines and Hawaii. He also founded the Larry Hillblom Foundation in California.]

Associate Justice John A. Manglona said the two documents do not conform to the CNMI Supreme Court's rules on the submission of briefs.

Manglona ordered that the filings be stricken from the record.

One document was titled "Notice of Appearance by Telephone" and the other was titled "Open Issue to Present on the Oral Argument."

Manglona said that Bauer, acting as guardian ad litem for her two children filed the two documents on the morning of oral arguments on Wednesday, October 27.

As of yesterday, the Supreme Court had yet to rule on Bauer's appeal to re-open the Hillblom estate.

Bauer who is currently in New York argued during Wednesday's proceeding via telephone. She has no lawyer.

She insists that she personally knew Hillblom and that she has evidence to support her claim that Hillblom is the father of her son and daughter.

Bauer had sought the re-opening of the Hillblom estate and the appointment of a new special administrator to determine her and her children's heirship claims and their share of the estate's US$30 million insurance policy.

The Larry L. Hillblom Foundation and the American International Specialty Lines Insurance Co., objected to the re-opening of the probate that then associate judge Alexandro Castro had closed in 2000.

Hillblom was the founder of DHL, the world's largest courier delivery service. He died in a plane crash off Anatahan waters on May 21, 1995. He left estimated US$600 million to US$700 million assets.

Bauer is the eighth woman to claim having had children with Hillblom.

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