Company claims IPI failed to pay it for services


A corporation is suing Pacific Imperial International (CNMI) LLC in federal court for allegedly failing to pay it $144,623 for removing construction debris and landfill materials from IPI’s construction site in Garapan and $86,000 for consulting services.

Tang’s Corp., through counsel Mark A. Scoggins, is suing IPI for breach of agreements. As of press time yesterday, Saipan Tribune was still awaiting comments from IPI.

Tang’s is demanding unspecified damages and asked the district court to order IPI to take possession of the property stored by Tang’s or to provide for the property’s disposal.

Like a couple of other companies that are also suing IPI for unpaid services, Tang’s is asking the court to issue a mechanic’s lien in favor of the company to attach to the real property on which the company provided services under the first agreement (removal of debris). The company demanded an award of interest, attorney’s fees, and court costs.

Tang’s also asked the court to direct IPI to proceed with arbitration with the corporation under the second agreement (consulting services).

According to Scoggins in the complaint, Tang’s agreed to remove construction debris and landfill materials from IPI’s resort construction site in January 2016, and to store the materials for disposal at IPI’s expense. Scoggins said IPI has failed to pay at least $144,623.

Scoggins said Tang’s was required to advance fees for government permits and other fees, including ongoing fees to the Department of Public Lands. The lawyer said IPI is responsible for these charges and fees.

Scoggins said that in November 2018, Tang’s was hired to perform consulting services for IPI related to the fire suppression system at IPI’s resort construction on Saipan. He said IPI has failed to pay at least $86,000 under the agreement. Tang’s Corp. has demanded arbitration, but IPI allegedly has ignored the demands.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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