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Fed court takes BoH motion under advisement

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A motion, by the Bank of Hawai’i, for the federal court to instruct the bank on how to proceed with a federal garnishment order without violating an order issued by the High Court of American Samoa has been taken under advisement by the federal court in Honolulu.

The motion was filed last month, after the local court ordered the bank to restore to the American Samoa Government general fund account, just over $800,000 frozen per garnishment order of the federal court,

On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi took the motion under advisement after hearing oral arguments from all parties involved. It’s not clear when the judge will issue a written ruling.

Meanwhile, the local court has scheduled a hearing for Sept. 21, to hear oral arguments on BoH’s request for a stay in the local court order to restore the frozen funds to the ASG general fund account “in light of ongoing [legal] proceedings” at the federal court in Honolulu.

Honolulu based Marisco Ltd., sought the garnishment order after ASG failed to pay $810,000 in outstanding invoices from the tugboat and barges project currently being investigated by the Senate Investigation Committee.



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