IPI ordered to pay Pacific Rim $3K


U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona ordered Imperial Pacific International (CNMI) LLC last Tuesday to pay $3,016.88 to Pacific Rim Land Development, LLC no later than March 30 for attorney’s fees and costs.

Manglona granted Pacific Rim’s motion for sanctions and ordered IPI to pay for the new set of attorney’s fees and costs associated for bringing the motion for sanctions, including the transcripts for the upcoming depositions.

On the same day, Manglona ruled that IPI violated her discovery order and is in contempt of court, again. Additionally, she found IPI in contempt of court for not complying with discovery and deposition orders in other civil lawsuits before the federal court.

Manglona also ordered IPI to provide documents no later than April 2 and granted Pacific Rim’s previous petition for attorney fees and costs. She ordered IPI to pay Pacific Rim for attorney’s fees and costs in the amount of $3,016.88 no later than March 30.

Pacific Rim first sued IPI for breach of contract and breach of promissory note.

On Feb. 26, the court ordered IPI to designate witnesses and appear at a deposition on Feb. 20. However, lawyer Colin Thompson, representing Pacific Rim, said that IPI failed to present witness(es) with knowledge of the topics the deposition. Thompson said that IPI’s designated witnesses did little to prepare for the deposition, and IPI did not produce the documents demanded in the notice, according to a testimony last March 16.

The lawyer said the court should consider whether sanctions, including striking IPI’s answer and entering a default judgment, should be imposed. Because IPI disobeyed the court’s order, it should be ordered to show cause why sanctions should not be imposed, Thompson said.

Also on Tuesday, the judge ordered IPI to produce documents no later than April 2.

IPI has appealed the judgment and that appeal is currently pending.

Justine Nauta | Correspondent
Justine Nauta is Saipan Tribune's community and health reporter and has covered a wide range of news beats, including the Northern Marianas College and Commonwealth Health Care Corp. She's currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services at NMC.

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