IPI sued anew for breach of contract


Another company has filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court for the NMI against Imperial Pacific International (CNMI) LLC for breach of contract after IPI allegedly failed to pay them for their services.

Winzy Corp., a general maintenance and repair company, has sued Imperial Pacific International in federal court for breach of contract and unjust enrichment. The company entered its suit on Oct. 30.

Winzy, through lawyer Mark Scoggins, stated in its lawsuit that the company entered into an agreement with IPI in early 2020 to provide supervision and consulting services for the Saipan casino project.

Winzy noted that they worked under the terms of the agreement in good faith, and in a good and workmanlike manner. However, IPI allegedly failed to pay the amounts owed under the agreement totaling $162,925.

Scoggins has asked the District Court for the NMI for an award of unspecified damages that include pre/post judgment interest, and attorney’s fees.

The lawsuit did not demand a jury trial.

Last month, the CNMI government also sued IPI in an attempt to collect the unpaid balance on its tax return.

The Division of Tax and Revenue claims that IPI has an unpaid balance of $176,880.70, hence the tax lien notice under Commonwealth tax law.

Santos said the division has demanded a payment from IPI on multiple occasions but the balance remains unpaid.

From January to March 2020, the Division of Revenue and Taxation assessed that IPI has an unpaid balance of $169,388.94 in employer’s withholding tax.

In addition, IPI has an unpaid $7,491.76 BGRT for the tax period ended June 30, 2020, the division stated.

Previously, the division said IPI owed the CNMI government $9,416,887.09 in unpaid BGRT taxes.

Kimberly B. Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.

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