The Malaysian investors who planned to invest here in Palau in 2006 have prevailed in their appeal when the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court reversed the Trial Court's ruling in connection to contempt of court order issued against them in 2007.
Asscoiate Justice Kathleen Salii, Associate Justice Lourdes F. Materne, Associate Justice Alezandra F. Foster in their opinion dated July 8 reversed the June 28, 2007 order of contempt as well as July 8, 2008 order of fine for contempt issued against Morris Davidson and Felix Davidson...In reversing the order, the Justices agreed with Davidsons' arguments. The Supreme Court said the court need not extend its inquiry into whether service was proper as it is undisputed that at the time the Trial Court issued its Order of Contempt and arrest warrants, Davidsons' had not received notice of either amended subpoena or orders issued thereafter. "Regardless of who is to blame for lack of notice, it should have been clear to the trial court in June 27, 2007, one day prior to the signing the order of contempt that respondents had no notice of any the proceedings being held against them," the Justices said in their seven page order. (Palau Horizon, July 14-16, 2009)