Court awards worker $235,214 more


U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has awarded a foreign worker $235,214 in attorneys’ fees and costs for prevailing in her lawsuit against her former employers for failing to pay her wages.

In an order on Friday, Manglona awarded Yu Xuan, a Chinese national, $199,227.50 in attorneys’ fees, $14,089.50 in other fees, and $21,897.19 in costs, for a total of $235,214.19.

Manglona earlier awarded Xuan $132,677 in unpaid wages and in liquidated damages.

The judge found investor Yang Tack Hwang and his two companies—Joo Yeon Corp. and Se Young Corp.—liable to pay Xuan the unpaid wages, liquidated damages, attorneys’ fees, and costs.

Attorneys Mark Hanson, Bruce Berline, and Benjamin K. Petersburg, counsel for Xuan, demanded a total of $199,227.50 in attorneys’ fees.

Hanson, Berline, Petersburg also sought payment of $15,974.50 in paralegal and staff services and $21,897.19 in costs.

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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