Manglona dismisses Tracy’s suit


The federal court has dismissed William A. Tracy’s lawsuit against several businesses on Saipan for allegedly having facilities that are not accessible to persons with disabilities. Tracy was reportedly found dead last Feb. 7.
U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona granted attorney Ramon K. Quichocho’s request on Thursday to dismiss Tracy’s lawsuit.

Manglona stated that the court would be retaining jurisdiction in this lawsuit to enforce the court’s prior order on the sanctions imposed against Quichocho. Once the sanctions issue is resolved, the case shall be fully closed, she said.

Based on the dismissal of the case, Manglona said that Ming Yang Corp. and Donald Bufton’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit is deemed moot.

Last March 6, Manglona sanctioned Quichocho for his late filing of Tracy’s opposition to a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The judge ordered Quichocho to pay for their time all four lawyers who appeared in court at the time to argue their motions to dismiss the case. She required Quichocho to pay these costs personally and not charge his client, Tracy.

Last Thursday, Quichocho told the court that Tracy had been found dead last Feb. 7 but that he actually passed away before that date.

Quichocho said Petra Rulyan told him last March 13, 2014, that Tracy had already been buried.

Tracy is the father of Rulyan’s children. No other details about Tracy’s death were indicated in the notice.

During Thursday’s hearing, Quichocho asked the court’s guidance to dismiss the lawsuit under its discretion.

Attorneys Mark Scoggins, Linn Asper, and Samuel Mok, respective counsels for Ming Yang Corp. that owns Ming Yang Market and New Ming Yang Market, Donald Bufton who owns Round II, and DKK Inc. that owns D.K. Poker, and P&A Corp. that owns P&A Laundry, asked the court to dismiss the case.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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