USA Fanter wants final judgment vs IPI

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Pursuant to the recent judgment for a mechanic’s lien against Imperial Pacific International (CNMI) LLC in favor of USA Fanter Corp., the company is now asking for a final judgment for payment.

Last week, USA Fanter asked the District Court for the NMI to grant its summary judgment motion and enter a final judgment order in the amount of $2,089,345.28 against IPI.

Colin Thompson, who represents USA Fanter, issued the request for the court to grant partial summary judgement in the amount established through the mechanic’s lien hearings.

The summary judgment motion came following District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona’s ruling in favor of USA Fanter’s petition for a mechanic’s lien that they applied for back in February 2020.

Following the bench trial in June, Manglona citied a preponderance of evidence in finding USA Fanter to be entitled to a mechanic’s lien in the amount of $2,089,345.28.

Thompson said that IPI has only paid $300,000 of the construction contract between USA Fanter and IPI, that USA Fanter is entitled to summary judgement in the amount of $2,089,345.28. Thompson said USA Fanter has met its burden.

“The evidence in the record makes clear that IPI executed the construction contract promising to pay USA Fanter for work completed and materials supplied to the project, and IPI breached its obligations to make required payments. IPI’s breach of the construction contract has resulted in damages to USA Fanter,” he said.

USA Fanter sued IPI for allegedly refusing to pay $2,089,345 for landscaping services at IPI’s hotel-casino project back in 2019. USA Fanter asked the court to hold IPI liable to pay $2.08 million in contract damages. The company also sought payment for interest and attorney’s fees.

Kimberly Bautista | 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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