IPI’s contractor says lawsuit by seven workers is frivolous

The lawsuit of seven construction workers against Imperial Pacific International (CNMI) LLC and its contractor and a subcontractor was filed in bad faith and is frivolous, according to the contractor.

Because of this, MCC International Saipan Ltd. Co., through counsel Robert T. Torres, intends to seek reimbursement from the plaintiffs, including attorney’s fees, for expenses incurred in defending itself. Torres said MCC acted in good faith and believes that that its actions complied with the law.

The plaintiffs are suing IPI, MCC, and MCC’s subcontractor Gold Mantis Construction Decoration (CNMI) LLC for the alleged injuries they suffered during accidents at IPI’s casino/resort project worksite.

Torres said MCC is not liable for the damages being sought by the plaintiffs because, if anyone engaged in unlawful conduct, it was done without MCC’s knowledge.

Torres said one or more of the plaintiffs’ claims in the lawsuit are “barred, or that recovery for damages should be reduced pursuant to the doctrine of avoidable consequences.”

Torres said the plaintiffs’ claims are barred in whole or in part because their alleged injuries were not caused by MCC tolerating any unlawful practice.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com

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