U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has ordered the former foreign workers of the defunct Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino to provide the court with the exact amount of damages they are seeking against the owner and management of the Dynasty.
The former workers’ motion for a default judgment against Dynasty owner Hong Kong (Overseas) Investment Ltd. and its management, Mega Stars Overseas Limited, has been set for Feb. 14 at 1:30pm
In advance of the hearing, Manglona ordered the former workers to file by today, Friday, a statement of the exact amount of damages each one is seeking.
The judge also required the plaintiffs to submit witness and exhibit lists.
Eric F. Dona and co-plaintiffs, through counsel Samuel Mok, recently asked the court to enter a default judgment against HKE and Mega Stars.
Mok is counsel for Dona and six other co-plaintiffs. There are 15 named plaintiffs in this case.
Last August, U.S. District Court for the NMI designated Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood adopted Magistrate Judge Heather L. Kennedy’s recommendation to direct the clerk to enter a default judgment against HKE and Mega Stars.
In their lawsuit, Dona and co-plaintiffs alleged that HKE and Mega Stars lied to them about their immigration status.
Mok alleged that the owners and management of Tinian Dynasty lied that the workers were legally authorized to work despite the denial of their CW-1 petitions.
In February 2018, Chun Wai Chan, a corporate representative of both HKE and Mega Stars, informed the court that Tinian Dynasty’s casino operation stopped in August 2015, and when the hotel operation halted in March 2016 no more income could be generated since then.