2 Puna Senior Citizens File Suit for Deceptive Practices by Lloyd’s of London

Nearly 800 homes in the Puna District on Hawai‘i Island have been destroyed by fire and other causes in the aftermath of the Kīlauea eruption. Dozens of Puna homeowners who lost their homes carried a homeowner’s policy with Lloyd’s of London, which has failed to honor local homeowners’ certificates of insurance, according to a lawsuit filed in Hawai‘i’s Third Circuit State court on Wednesday, July 25, 2018.

“As one of the few home insurance providers in the Puna area near the Kīlauea Volcano, Lloyd’s of London, their underwriters, their agents, their adjusters and affiliates have utterly failed to honor commitments and assist homeowners,” said Jeffrey Foster, an attorney representing homeowners who have lost everything.

First lava lawsuit filed against insurer

The first lawsuit has been filed from a Big Island couple who lost their home during the on-going eruption.
They are upset over the response by their insurance company after filing a claim, and this may just be the start of more lawsuits to come.

Nearly 700 homes have been consumed by lava since the eruption began at the beginning of May.

For some residents, after having to flee their from their neighborhoods, and dealing with the sudden loss of their homes, they have had growing frustration when dealing with their insurers.

“These is a natural disaster in Hawaii of epic proportions, and we have Lloyd’s of London and other companies reaping the benefits of receiving premium payments but not doing anything for the folks affected by this horrible event,” said Big Island attorney Jeffrey Foster.

Supreme Court overturns gag order in case of child who died in foster care

KAILUA-KONA — The Hawaii Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a Family Court’s ruling that prohibited the Kailua-Kona parents of a toddler boy, who died last year while in foster care, from speaking about the case.

Under the Family Court’s August 2017 gag order, 3-year-old Fabian Garett-Garcia’s parents were unable to speak publicly the names of their two surviving children, who were in foster care at the time, or publicly release reports or other information that “have or will” be submitted to the court relating to the case or the parents’ two surviving children.

Store owner raised security concerns at a Maui mall before the fatal stabbing

HONOLULU (KHON2) – Security concerns were raised at a Maui mall even before the brutal attack that killed a man. A store owner says he complained to management about it but his concerns were never taken seriously.

The store owner says his complaints were not taken seriously until the attack happened. He says after that, management made what he considered a threat.

Daniel Norton owns a furniture store called Village Home at Queen Kaahumanu Center. He says more than a week before the fatal stabbing of Eduardo Alejandro Cerezo inside the second floor bathroom of the mall, he complained to mall management about vagrants harassing customers outside the store. But he says management told him to stop complaining.

Records: ER staff suspected abuse in death of 3-year-old foster child

KAMUELA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) – Emergency room staff at a Big Island hospital suspected abuse in the death of a 3-year-old boy who died last year in foster care, medical records show.

Fabian Garcia died in July, and the Hawaii County medical examiner determined it was due to blunt force trauma to the head.

But after a seven-month investigation, the medical examiner stopped short of saying the boy had been murdered.

Jeffrey Foster, the attorney for Fabian’s biological parents, is calling on anyone who might know about the toddler’s death to call police.

Foster provided Hawaii News Now a portion of Fabian’s hospital records, which show ER staff suspected abuse.

Hawaii island toddler will be laid to rest, family still waiting for autopsy results

A 3-year-old Hawaii island boy who died while in foster care will be laid to rest this weekend.

It’s been nearly three weeks since Fabian Garett-Garcia died at North Hawaii Community Hospital in Waimea.

But questions still surround his death.

According to the family’s attorney, an autopsy on the toddler has been done, but the medical examiner is not releasing the results.

The family has not been told why.

“The sooner we see that autopsy report, the sooner my client either can get closure on arguably the worst thing a parent can go through, which is the loss of a child, or there’s new information that might be useful for us in moving forward and holding anyone responsible,” said attorney Jeffrey Foster.

Parents urge public to come forward as investigation continues into toddler’s death

The Hawaii island family whose 3-year-old boy died while in foster care is seeking answers, and hopes someone out there has information on their son’s last days.

On Tuesday, a judge lifted parts of a gag order, which means the family is now allowed to talk.

The Hawaii Police Department says on July 25, paramedics were called to the foster home in Waimea, where they tried to revive Fabian Garett-Garcia, who was not breathing. The toddler was rushed to North Hawaii Community Hospital where he died.