The federal court has granted attorney Sean Frink and his law firm permission to withdraw as counsel for the owners of Tinian Dynasty Hotel and Casino in connection with a lawsuit filed by over 500 current and former foreign workers.
U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona on Monday said for “good cause appearing” the Marianas Legal Strategy Group LLC’s motion to withdraw from representation of Hong Kong Entertainment (Overseas) Investments Ltd. and Mega Stars is granted.
Manglona said Frink, attorney Catherine J. Cachero, and MLSG filed a motion for leave to withdraw effective immediately from representation of HKE and Mega Stars in this matter.
Citing irreconcilable differences, Frink, Cachero, and MLSG moved to withdraw as counsel for HKE and Mega Stars.
Frink disclosed that HKE and Mega Stars have failed to substantially fulfill an obligation to MLSG regarding the law firm’s services.
Frink said MLSG has given reasonable warning to HKE and Mega Stars that it will withdraw unless the obligation is fulfilled.
The workers, through counsel Samuel Mok, sued HKE and Mega Stars for allegedly lying to them about their immigration legal status.
The workers alleged that the owners and management of Tinian Dynasty lied that they were legally authorized to work notwithstanding the denial of their CNMI-only Transitional Worker (CW-1) petitions.
Last October, due to delayed service of process, Manglona dismissed the lawsuit without prejudice.
Dismissal without prejudice means the workers can re-file the case.
The workers then re-filed the lawsuit.