Owners of Tinian Dynasty didn’t reach settlement with former foreign workers

The owners of the now-defunct Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino did not reach a settlement deal with hundreds of foreign workers who sued them over the denial of their CNMI-only Transitional Worker (CW-1) petitions.

According to the minutes of the settlement conference before U.S. District Court for the NMI Magistrate Judge Heather L. Kennedy on Monday, the parties did not reach a settlement.

Both sides were instructed to email the court between 9am and 12pm today, Friday, about any settlement proposal.

There will be a telephone conference on Monday, Nov. 27, at 9am.

At Monday’s settlement conference, attorney Samuel Mok appeared with plaintiff Eric F. Dona and 12 other co-plaintiffs.

Attorney Daniel Guidotti appeared as counsel for Tinian Dynasty owners Hong Kong Entertainment (Overseas) Investment Ltd. and Mega Stars Overseas Limited. Also present was HKE chair Chun Wai Chan.

U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has recused herself from the lawsuit.

In their lawsuit, Dona and co-plaintiffs alleged that the owners and management of Tinian Dynasty lied to them about their immigration status—that they were legally authorized to work despite the denial of their CW-1 petitions.

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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