Rivera-Rosa v. Centro mas Salud Dr. Gualberto Rabell, Corp.
OPINION AND ORDER Denying 110 Motion for Summary Judgment filed by Medical Pharmacy & Laboratory Administrative Services, Corp.; and Denying 123 Statement of Uncontested Facts in Support of Motion for Joinder filed by Platinum Emergency Physicians, PSC. See attached Opinion and Order for further details. Signed by Judge Daniel R. Dominguez on 7/16/2021. (EA)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF PUERTO RICO
EDWIN FRANCISCO RIVERA ROSA,
Civil No. 18-1953 (DRD)
CENTRO MAS SALUD DR. GUALBERTO
RABELL, CORP., ET. AL.,
OMNIBUS OPINION AND ORDER
FACTUAL AND PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND
Pending before the Court is Codefendant, Medical Pharmacy & Laboratory Administrative
Services’ (hereinafter, “MPLA”) Motion for Summary Judgment pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 56 (C)
& Legal Memorandum in support thereof (hereinafter, “Motion for Summary Judgment”) (Docket
No. 110).1 Following MPLA’s Motion for Summary Judgment, Codefendant Platinum Emergency
Physicians, P.S.C. (hereinafter, “PEP”) filed a Motion for Joinder and a SUMF regarding the
aforementioned motion in support thereof. See Docket Nos. 123 and 123-1. Then, Plaintiff Edwin
Francisco Rivera Rosa (hereinafter, “Plaintiff”) filed his respective Opposition to Codefendants’
Motion for Summary Judgment (hereinafter, “Opposition”). See Docket No. 148. As a result
thereof, PEP filed a Reply. See Docket No. 154. Plaintiff later filed a Surreply. See Docket No. 156.
For the reasons set forth below, the Court hereby DENIES MPLA’s Motion for Summary
Judgment and PEP’s Motion for Joinder.
In support of the Motion for Summary Judgment, MPLA also filed a Statement of Uncontested Material Facts
(hereinafter, “SUMF”). See Docket No. 111.
RELEVANT UNCONTESTED MATERIAL FACTS2
As stated above, MPLA filed a SUMF in support of its Motion for Summary Judgment. See
Docket No. 111. PEP also filed a SUMF in support of its Motion for Joinder. See Docket No. 123-1.
As Plaintiff did not oppose the SUMF’s filed by MPLA and PEP they are deemed as unopposed.3
The Court reconciles the aforementioned SUMF’s and finds that the relevant uncontested
material facts are the following:
A. MPLA’s Factual Findings
1. The Municipality of San Juan (hereinafter, “MSJ”) is the owner of the Rabell CDT. See Docket
No. 45 at ¶ 6.
2. MPLA is the operator or administrator of the Rabell CDT. See Docket No. 45 at ¶ 7. (Emphasis
3. MSJ executed a Primary Care Professional Medical Services Agreement (hereinafter, “PSC”)
with MPLA. See Docket No. 111-1.
4. Clause 10.9 of the PSC establishes that the relationship between MSJ and MPLA is “solely
that of independent contractors, and nothing in this Agreement or otherwise shall be
construed or deemed to create any other relationship, including one of employment, agency
or joint venture.” Id. at 27. (Emphasis ours).
“The court need consider only the cited materials, but it may consider other materials in the record.” Fed. R. Civ.
P. 56 (c) (3).
The major drawback on Plaintiff’s failure to answer MPLA and PEP’s Statement of Uncontested Facts is that a
“statement of material facts . . . shall be deemed admitted,” but only “if supported by record citations” as required
by Local Rule 56. Not properly answering and/or opposing a summary judgment request under Local Rule 56 (c) is
“at their own peril.” See Local Rule 56 (c) and (e); see also Morales v. A.C. Orssleff's EFTF, 246 F.3d 32, 33 (1st Cir.
5. The PSC was effective from October 1, 2015, through January 31, 2017, during that time
Patient Ms. Graciela Rosa Concepción visited the Rabell CDT from June 2016 until her death
on August 29, 2016. Id. at 1; see also Docket No. 45 at 8-9.
B. PEP Factual Findings
1. PEP is a health services provider and the employer or principal contractor of the Physicians.
See Docket No. 45 at ¶ 8. (Emphasis ours).
2. On June 19, 2015, the MSJ and PEP executed a Professional and Consultive Service Contract
(hereinafter, “PASC”). See Docket No. 137-1.
3. The PASC constitutes the only agreement between PEP and MSJ regarding the services
pertaining to the agreement. Id. at 29.
4. The original PASC’s term was from July 1, 2015, to September 30, 2015. Id. at 16.
5. According to the PASC, PEP agreed to provide medical personnel for the Emergency Rooms
of, among others, the Rabell CDT. Id. at 2.
6. According to the PASC, the relationship between PEP and MSJ is that of an independent
contractor. Id. at 26. (Emphasis ours).
7. On September 24, 2015, the MSJ and PEP amended the PSAC to extend the term from
October 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016, among other matters. See Docket No. 137-2 at 4.
STANDARD OF REVIEW
A. Motion for Summary Judgment Standard (Fed. R. Civ. P. 56)
Rule 56 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provides that summary judgment should
be entered where “the pleadings, depositions, answers to interrogatories, and admissions on file,
together with the affidavits, if any, show that there is no genuine issue as to any material fact
and that the moving party is entitled to judgment as a matter of law.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(c); see
Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317, 324-325 (1986). Pursuant to the clear language of the rule,
the moving party bears a two-fold burden: it must show that there is “no genuine issue as to any
material facts;” as well as that it is “entitled to judgment as a matter of law.” Veda-Rodriguez v.
Puerto Rico Tel. Co., 110 F.3d 174, 179 (1st Cir. 1997). “A dispute is ‘genuine’ if the evidence
about the fact is such that a reasonable jury could resolve the point in favor of the non-moving
party.” Johnson v. U. of P.R., 714 F.3d 48, 52 (1st Cir. 2013); Prescott v. Higgins, 538 F.3d 32, 40
(1st Cir. 2008) (citing Thompson v. Coca–Cola Co., 522 F.3d 168, 175 (1st Cir. 2008)); Calero–
Cerezo v. U.S. Dep't of Justice, 355 F.3d 6, 19 (1st Cir. 2004). The analysis with respect to whether
or not a “genuine” issue exists is directly related to the burden of proof that a non-movant would
have in a trial. “[T]he determination of whether a given factual dispute requires submission to a
jury must be guided by the substantive evidentiary standards that apply to the case.” Anderson
v. Liberty Lobby, Inc., 477 U.S. 242, 255 (1986) (applying the summary judgment standard while
taking into account a higher burden of proof for cases of defamation against a public figure). In
order for a disputed fact to be considered “material” it must have the potential “to affect the
outcome of the suit under governing law.” Sands v. Ridefilm Corp., 212 F.3d 657, 660–661 (1st
Cir. 2000) (citing Liberty Lobby, Inc., supra, at 247–248); Prescott, supra, at 40 (1st Cir. 2008)
(citing Maymí v. P.R. Ports Auth., 515 F.3d 20, 25 (1st Cir. 2008)).
The objective of the summary judgment is to “pierce the pleadings and to assess the proof
in order to see whether there is a genuine need for trial.” DeNovellis v. Shalala, 124 F.3d 298, 306
(1st Cir. 1997) (citing the advisory committee note to the 1963 Amendment to Fed. R. Civ. P.
56(e)). The moving party must demonstrate the absence of a genuine issue as to any outcome-
determinative fact on the record. See DeNovellis v. Shalala, supra, at 306. Upon a showing by the
moving party of an absence of a genuine issue of material fact, the burden shifts to the
nonmoving party to demonstrate that a trier of fact could reasonably find in his favor. Id. (citing
Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, supra, at 323). The non-movant may not defeat a “properly focused
motion for summary judgment by relying upon mere allegations,” but rather through definite
and competent evidence. Maldonado–Denis v. Castillo Rodriguez, 23 F.3d 576, 581 (1st Cir.
1994). The non-movant’s burden thus encompasses a showing of “at least one fact issue which
is both ‘genuine’ and ‘material.’” which affects the granting of a summary judgment. Garside v.
Osco Drug, Inc., 895 F.2d 46, 48 (1st Cir. 1990); see, also, Suarez v. Pueblo Int'l., 229 F.3d 49, 53
(1st Cir. 2000) (stating that a non-movant may shut down a summary judgment motion only upon
a showing that a trial- worthy issue exists). As a result, the mere existence of “some alleged
factual dispute between the parties will not affect an otherwise properly supported motion for
summary judgment.” Anderson v. Liberty Lobby, Inc., supra, at 477. Similarly, summary judgment
is appropriate where the nonmoving party rests solely upon “conclusory allegations, improbable
inferences and unsupported speculation.” Ayala–Gerena v. Bristol Myers–Squibb Co., 95 F.3d 86,
95 (1st Cir. 1996); Tropigas De P.R. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London, 637 F.3d 53, 56
(1st Cir. 2011) (“We afford no evidentiary weight to conclusory allegations, empty rhetoric,
unsupported speculation, or evidence which, in the aggregate, is less than significantly
probative.”) (internal citations omitted); Medina-Muñoz v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., 896 F.2d
5, 8 (1st Cir. 1990).
When considering a motion for summary judgment, the Court must “draw all reasonable
inferences in favor of the non-moving party while ignoring conclusory allegations, improbable
inferences, and unsupported speculation.” Smith v. Jenkins, 732 F.3d 51, 76 (1st Cir. 2013)
(reiterating Shafmaster v. United States, 707 F.3d 130, 135 (1st Cir. 2013)). However, while the
Court “draw[s] all reasonable inferences in the light most favorable to [the non-moving party] ...
we will not draw unreasonable inferences or credit bald assertions, empty conclusions or rank
conjecture.” Vera v. McHugh, 622 F.3d 17, 26 (1st Cir. 2010) (internal quotations and citation
Furthermore, the Court must review the record as a whole and refrain from engaging in
the assessment of credibility or the gauging the weight of the evidence presented. See Reeves v.
Sanderson Plumbing Products, Inc., 530 U.S. 133, 135 (2000); Anderson v. Liberty Lobby, Inc.,
supra, at 255; see, also, Pina v. Children's Place, 740 F.3d 785, 802 (1st Cir. 2014). “Credibility
determinations, the weighing of the evidence, and the drawing of legitimate inferences from the
facts are jury functions, not those of a judge.” Reeves, supra, at 150 (quoting Anderson v. Liberty
Lobby, Inc., supra, at 250–51).
Summarizing, “[t]he court shall grant summary judgment if the movant shows that there
is no genuine dispute as to any material fact and the movant is entitled to judgment as a matter
of law.” See Fed. R. Civ. P. 56 (a). Hence, in order to prevail, Codefendants must demonstrate
that, even admitting well-pleaded allegations in light most favorable to Plaintiff, the applicable
law compels a judgment in its favor.
In the instant Complaint, Plaintiff requests redress for damages sustained under Article
1802 and Article 1803 of the Puerto Rico Civil Code, P.R. Laws Ann. tit. 31, §§ 5141-5142, and
imputes negligence to Codefendants for not “attending and diagnosing adequately the medical
condition of Graciela Rosa Concepción (RIP), causing her death.” Docket No. 45 at 3. In turn,
MPLA argues that Plaintiff’s claims “are not sustainable as a matter of law given the immunity
conferred by Article 41.050 of the Puerto Rico Insurance Code.” Docket No. 110 at 1. MPLA
essentially asserts that the health services provided by said entity at the Rabell CDT fall within
the scope of the immunity afforded by the Medical-Hospital Professional Liability Insurance Act
(hereinafter, “MHPLIA”) to municipal employees or independent contractors by virtue of such
statutes. Id. at 10. In support of MPLA’s request for summary judgment, Codefendant PEP argues
that it also “enjoys absolute immunity from any and all medical malpractice claims in relation to
any service they provided at the [Rabell] CDT.” Docket No. 123 at ¶ 3.
Plaintiff concedes that immunity is extensive to healthcare professionals that work as
“employees/contractors of hospitals that are owned by a Municipality.” See Docket No. 148 at 1
(citing Vega Martínez v. Hosp. San Antonio, Inc., Civ. Num. 18-1055 (DRD) (D.P.R. 2019); FloresPérez v. Rodríguez-Del Rio, Civ. Num. 17-2214 (ADC) (D.P.R. 2020)). Notwithstanding, Plaintiff
alleges that Codefendants are “judicial health providers” and regards them as “healthcare
institutions” and as such, they are not covered by the immunity.4 Moreover, Plaintiff claims that
Codefendants’ failed to demonstrate they are entitled to summary judgment and that their
respective motions should be denied since the statute refers to only “natural persons” and that
“[n]owhere in the law is immunity granted to hospitals or corporate institutions.” Id.5 PEP later
filed a Reply to Plaintiff’s Opposition. See Docket No. 154. PEP reaffirmed that by virtue of the
PASC it was a municipality contractor that provided medical personnel for the Emergency Room
Plaintiff also states that Codefendants are “juridic institutions or legal entities.” See Docket No. 148 at 4.
Plaintiff mentions that the term “medical provider” is not defined anywhere in the Insurance Code of Puerto Rico.
of the Rabell CDT. Id. at 2. “Therefore, any medical service or treatment that allegedly PEP
provided to Ms. Graciela Rosa Concepción (RIP) was within the scope and terms of the PASC that
was executed, and in force, between them and the [MSJ].” Id. Furthermore, PEP argues that
Article 41.050 “does not exclude a legal person or entity from its application, but rather defines
its application to healthcare professionals with the clarification that said professionals include
employees and contractors.” Id. at 3. PEP further alleges that since one of the Physicians is
covered by immunity it “will lose any possibility to level (“nivelación”) any responsibility or
liability” with said physician. Id. at 4.6
Plaintiff’s Surreply restates that Article 41.050 only provides immunity to natural persons,
deemed as healthcare professionals, that provide medical services. See Docket No. 156.
Moreover, Plaintiff construes that Codefendant “PEP wants this Court to extend the immunity of
Article 41.050 to corporations or juridic persons claiming that, if and when the leveling possibility
is lost, the employer of the immune employee can avail itself of the legislative immunity enjoyed
by its employee.” Id. at 2. Plaintiff contends that PEP confuses the term “leveling” with “vicarious
liability” and implies that it intends to bypass the vicarious liability by masquerading it as
“leveling”, thus, rendering inoperative Article 1803 of the Puerto Rico Civil Code. See P.R. Laws
Ann. tit. 31, § 5142.
A. Immunity pursuant to the Insurance Code of Puerto Rico
The Codefendants’ defenses are founded on immunity pursuant to the MHPLIA provided
in Article 41.050 of the Insurance Code of Puerto Rico, Laws Ann. tit. 26 § 4105. MHPLIA provides
PEP asserts that it enjoys absolute immunity by its own merits as a contractor or, in the alternative, it benefits from
the Physicians’ immunity because the possibility of leveling between them is lost. Id.
immunity from suit against any health care professional, employee or contractor, while acting
within the scope of their duties. To that end, MHPLIA specifically provides that:
No healthcare professional (employee or contractor) may be included as a
defendant in a civil action for damages because of culpability or negligence
arising from professional malpractice while said healthcare professional acts in
accordance with his duties and functions, including teaching duties, as an
employee of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, its agencies, instrumentalities,
the Comprehensive Cancer Center of the University of Puerto Rico, and the
P.R. Laws Ann. tit. 26, § 4105 (Emphasis ours). The amendment pertinent to the controversy
before the Court is Law No. 150 of December 10, 2013 (hereinafter, “Law 150-2013”). Law 1502013 provides that the immunity granted in Article 41.050 applies retroactively to any complaint
regarding events occurring on or after June 27, 2011. The Court has interpreted Article 41.050
and its respective amendments finding that the language of Law 150-2013 is clear, unambiguous,
and fully enforceable, thus dismissing all claims filed against a doctor performing surgery at
Hospital San Antonio. See Muñoz Vargas v. Rodriguez Laguer, Civil No. 1597 (CVR), 2016 WL
406345, at 2-3 (D.P.R. February 2, 2016); see also Kenyon v. Hospital San Antonio, Inc., Civil No.
14-1516 (SCC) 2017 WL 3610564 (D.P.R. March 30, 2017).
The MHPLIA contains three fundamental requirements for immunity to apply to the
health services professionals that work for the government, its dependencies, and
instrumentalities. To wit: “1) he must be a health care professional; 2) the harm causes by his
malpractice must have taken place in the practice of his profession; and 3) he must have acted
in compliance with his duties and functions as an employee of the Commonwealth of Puerto
Rico, its agencies, instrumentalities, and municipalities.” Colón v. Ramírez, 913 F. Supp. 112,
119 (D.P.R. 1996), aff'd, 107 F.3d 62 (1st. Cir. 1997); see Hall v. Centro Cardiovascular de P.R., 899
F. Supp. 2d 106, 111 (D.P.R. 2012); see also; Román v. González, 127 P.R. Dec. 601 (1990).
MPLA’s and PEP’s Immunity Claim
The issue before the Court is whether Article 41.050’s immunity is extended to legal
persons, like MPLA and PEP. Codefendants aver that the immunity provided by statute is
applicable to corporations and cites various cases to persuade the Court.7 Notwithstanding, the
Court notes that in the aforementioned cases all defendants protected by the immunity were
physicians. Consequently, the Court finds that the immunity afforded to certain healthcare
professionals does not encompass corporate entities. A careful review of Article 41.050 of the
Insurance Code of Puerto Rico and various case law cited by the parties reveals that immunity is
invested specifically in “health care professionals”, whether they are employees or independent
contractors, “while said professional acts in compliance of his duties and functions.” Article
41.050 immunity endowed by the Legislature is a response to public policy considerations that
surpass any act or omission of the individual that is protected by it. See Romero Arroyo v.
Commonwealth, supra, at 745. However, it has been established that “a person must meet three
requirements to acquire immunity under § 4105.” Román v. González, supra (1990); see also
Colón v. Ramírez, supra, 119 (D.P.R. 1996) (Emphasis ours). That is: (1) the individual must be a
health care professional; that (2) caused harm by his malpractice in the course of his profession,
and (3) while carrying his function as an employee of the Commonwealth’s municipality. Id. The
See Colón v. Ramírez, supra, at 119 (D.P.R. 1996); Feliciano v. Díaz, 641 F.Supp.2d 120, 122 (2009); Lind Rodríguez
v. Commonwealth, 12 P.R. Offic. Trans. 85 (1982); Romero Arroyo v. Commonwealth, 127 P.R. Dec. 724, 745 (1991);
Rodríguez Ruiz v. Hosp. San Jorge, 169 P.R. Dec. 850 (2007); Román v. Gonzalez, supra (1990); Vázquez Negrón v.
Commonwealth, 13 P.R. Offic. Trans. 192 (1982); Vázquez v. Commonwealth, 9 P.R. Offic. Trans. 26 (1979); Rodríguez
Figueroa v. Centro De Salud, 197 P.R. Dec. 876 (2017).
Supreme Court of Puerto Rico has also defined the scope of the immunity granted by the statute
stating that it releases from liability those physicians who work exclusively for the
Commonwealth and those who are engaged in the private practice while complying with their
duties as Commonwealth’s employees. See Lind Rodriguez v. Commonwealth, supra, at 68
(Emphasis ours). It is clear that the statute in controversy “provides absolute immunity for
Commonwealth-employed physicians for their tortious acts in the course of their employment.”
Id. Furthermore, the Court has held that said immunity “is not a personal defense, but rather a
non-existent cause of action, which is not waived and can be asserted at any moment.” Id. It is
irrelevant if the health care professional was negligent or not, it only needs to be established that
the individual was acting as a government employee at the time of the event that gave rise to
the claim. See Colón v. Ramírez, 107 F.3d 62, 63 (1st. Cir. 1997).
Furthermore, the Court notes that the immunity granted to health professionals also
extends to their insurance companies since there is no cause of action against the insured doctor,
the insurer is not liable. See Rodríguez Diaz v. Sierra Martínez, 717 F. Supp. 27, 33 (D.P.R. 1989)
(citing Lind Rodíguez, supra, at 69). However, in the case at bar, Codefendants are not insurance
companies, therefore, it is appropriate to interpose a damage claim because they are not covered
by the current statute immunity.
As a result, the Court is not persuaded by Codefendants’ allegations and finds that
MHPLIA’s first requirement for immunity is not met. Namely, Codefendants cannot be considered
healthcare professionals, nor can they be encompassed within the meaning of an independent
contractor. A ruling on the contrary would be tantamount to impermissible judicial legislation.
As the Court deems that Plaintiff is not a person within the meaning of the applicable statute,
the Court need not discuss the second and third requirements for immunity. Hence, a cause of
action exists against MPLA and PEP.
PEP’s Leveling Claim
In its Reply, PEP argues that because one of the Physicians is covered by immunity, should
that immunity not be extended to PEP, it will lose any possibility to level ("nivelar") for any
responsibility or liability to be determined by the Court. See Docket No. 154 at ¶ 14 (citing QuílezVelar v. Ox Bodies, P.R. Offic. Trans. 1079 (2017)). Furthermore, PEP avers that "once that leveling
possibility is lost, PEP can avail itself by Dr. Tartak-Salicrup’s responsibility limit, immunity in this
In Quílez, the Supreme Court found that the effect of the liability cap that protects a
municipality with respect to its solidary [joint and several] debtor in a damages [tort] action is
that if a joint Codefendant loses his right to level against his co-debtor due to the latter's statutory
immunity or limitation of liability, the Joint Codefendant should only be liable to the plaintiff in
proportion to his liability. See id.
Accordingly, the Court disagrees with PEP’s contention as it finds that this allegation lacks
merit as the Supreme Court has consistently “prevented a defendant from bringing an action for
contribution against a statutorily immune joint tortfeasor.” Id. “Allowing an action for
contribution . . . would undermine, in practice, the immunity granted by law to the joint
tortfeasor [as] it would be tantamount to ignoring the strong public policy considerations that
led the lawmaker to grant immunity to a specific person.” Id.
Contrary to PEP’s assertion, the Supreme Court has “refused to make a solidary co-debtor
liable for payment of the share of damages assigned to a statutorily immune co-debtor.” Id. If a
co-debtor is immune by virtue of a statute, their share of the debt cannot be part of the solidary
debt. Similarly, if a co-debtor is protected by a statutory liability cap, their portion of the debt
cannot exceed that limit. Id.; See, also, P.R. Laws Ann. tit. 31, § 3112. In Quílez, the Supreme Court
[t]he immunities or limits of liability established by law are personal exceptions or
defenses that may be raised by a debtor. Thus, a debtor may take advantage of
the statutory immunity or liability limit of another co-debtor with respect to the
share of the debt for which that other debtor is liable. Therefore, today we hold
that a solidary debtor may invoke the statutory liability limit that protects a codebtor municipality with respect to the share assigned to that municipality.
Quílez-Velar v. Ox Bodies, supra (Emphasis ours). This exception allows the Municipality’s
personal defenses to be used by the other joint debtor against the creditor's claims and the latter
can avail itself only from the part of the debt for which they may be liable. Taking the aforesaid
into account, in the instant case, should judgment be entered against PEP under Articles 1802
and 1803 of the Puerto Rico Civil Code, P.R. Laws Ann. tit. 31, §§ 5141-5142, PEP’s responsibility
would be circumscribed to the extent of its own obligation.
The rule of law in Quílez, supra, is governed by the principles stated in Cortijo Walker v.
P.R. Water Res. Auth., 91 P.R. Dec. 574 (1964) and Widow of Andino v. P.R. Water Res. Auth., 93
P.R.R. 168 (1966). In the context of employer immunity for work-related accidents, the Supreme
Court had the opportunity to express itself on this matter and held that statutory immunity
granted to an insured employer cannot be defeated through an indirect third-party claim against
the employer for its alleged negligence in said death. See Cortijo Walker, supra. The Court
concluded that if the immune employer is held liable, when “defendant would not be able to file
an action for contribution against the employer to recover the sum paid excess by said
defendant”. Quílez, supra. However, the Supreme Court did not have to express itself on that
occasion of the effect it would have on the plaintiff if the defendant could not recover in a
subsequent leveling action against an immune employer. It is not until Widow of Andino, that the
Supreme Court addressed the issue and resolved that a “defendant should be held liable for the
damage only in proportion to its fault and to the degree of contribution in producing the same.”
93 P.R.R. 168, 180 (1966).
Therefore, pursuant to the clear language of the statute, Codefendants failed to
demonstrate that they are “entitled to judgment as a matter of law”. Regardless of what
Codefendants stated in their respective contracts, there is a valid claim against MPLA and PEP as
they are not afforded statutory immunity.
For the reasons stated above, the Court DENIES MPLA’s Motions for Summary Judgment
and PEP’s Statement of Uncontested Material Facts in Support of Motion for Joinder at Dockets
Nos. 110 and 123.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
In San Juan, Puerto Rico, 16th day of July, 2021.
S/ Daniel R. Domínguez
Daniel R. Domínguez
United States District Judge
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