Yaquinto’s lawsuit, CUC’s counterclaims dismissed

U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has ordered the dismissal with prejudice the lawsuit filed by former Commonwealth Utilities Corp. chief financial officer Matthew J. Yaquinto against CUC, as well as CUC’S counterclaims against him.

Dismiss with prejudice means Yaquinto and CUC can no longer re-file their claims and counterclaims.

Manglona issued the dismissal order Monday after the parties agreed to dismiss all claims asserted by Yaquinto in his complaint, and all counterclaims brought by CUC against him.

The judge ordered that each party shall bear his or its own attorneys’ fees and court costs.

Manglona vacated all pending deadlines and hearings. She directed the court’s clerk to close the case.

CUC, through counsel James S. Sirok, and Yaquinto, through counsel Joseph E. Horey, notified the court about their agreement for dismissal.

Yaquinto filed in 2017 a discrimination lawsuit against CUC and five unnamed co-defendants over his termination as chief financial officer in May 2016 allegedly without cause and without the authority to do so.

CUC then filed a counterclaim against Yaquinto for alleged unauthorized overtime pay, unauthorized wire transfers, and unsupported moving expenses.

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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