GovGuam Drops Objections To Solid Waste Receiver’s Billings

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Dispute over invoices resolved in settlement agreement

By Malorie Paine

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Sept. 11, 2014) – The government of Guam filed an agreement Monday to drop objections to invoices for work done by the court-appointed firm that oversees the government's solid waste operations.

GovGuam objected to work descriptions provided by Chace Anderson, vice-president of the firm, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. GovGuam said in a statement to the court that Anderson did not provide enough detail of the work performed within invoices filed during the month of October 2013.

GBB was appointed as the federal receiver in 2008 because GovGuam failed to meet court-ordered deadlines to build a new landfill and close the environmentally hazardous Ordot dump.

The Governor's office Chief Legal Counsel Sandra Miller said four invoices had been called into question.

However, GovGuam dropped its objections at a hearing Friday. All parties were able to reach a new agreement, which was filed with the court on Monday.

"GovGuam withdraws its objections to the receiver's invoices and motion to vacate," court documents stated. "GovGuam accepts all of the receiver's invoices previously approved by the Court and waives any and all objections."

New agreement

All parties reached a new agreement under which each month the receiver must submit a summary of time expended and expenses incurred during the month, general categories of work performed, a billing statement and a request for compensation.

Once the receiver files the information, the court will review the reasonableness and will ask for payments to be made to the receiver.

Both GovGuam and the United States will be given electronic copies of the receiver's invoices.

GovGuam will have 30 days from the date the invoice is approved to file objections. However, GovGuam and the receiver's counsel must first meet in a "good faith effort to eliminate the necessity for filing GovGuam's objections or to eliminate as many of the disputes as possible regarding the invoices," according to the agreement.

If the parties are unable to reach an agreement, GovGuam must still file within 30 days, and the receiver will have 14 days to respond.

Once the receiver has responded, the United States also will have 14 days to provide comment.

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