Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho has found the owner of the defunct Hotel Riviera Saipan liable for breaching two land leases with former governor Pedro P. Tenorio and his wife Sophia Tenorio.
Camacho, however, ruled that the amount of damages owed by Chang Shin Resort Saipan Corp. to the Tenorios cannot be ascertained with certainty at this time.
The judge also determined that the Tenorios failed to show that Chang Shin Resort was trespassing as the court has yet to determine whether the leases have been terminated.
Camacho granted a summary judgment in favor of the Tenorio's for breach of contract based on unpaid rent and contract damages for unpaid rent and applicable late fees.
The judge dismissed Chang Shin Resort's counterclaims against the Tenorios.
According to court records, the Tenorios and PRC, through counsel Daniel Stafford, filed a lawsuit in July 2012 against Chang Shin Resort for allegedly failing to pay lease of their land located in the hotel's premises. They asked the court to order the defendant to pay them at least $64,330 in actual damages plus double rent for any applicable holdover periods.
The lawsuit concerns a dispute over three ground leases covering four parcels of land upon which Hotel Riviera sits in Fina Sisu, Saipan.
The hotel, through counsel Jennifer Dockter, filed several counterclaims. PRC and the Tenorios then filed a motion for summary judgment.
In his order issued on Friday, Camacho said he has yet to determine whether the leases have been terminated, therefore any damage to plaintiffs' respective reversionary interests is speculative.