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.