The US District Court for the NMI has ordered Imperial Pacific International to cease operations and all construction work for a week—except for the department working on payroll and security—after ruling in favor of the US Department of Labor in its petition to find IPI and Chairwoman Cui Li Jie in contempt.
CNMI Representative Edwin K. Propst (D-Saipan) has taken up the cause of Imperial Pacific International’s stranded workers.
Veteran lawyer Michael Dotts has ended his term as general counsel of Imperial Pacific International, noting that the company stopped paying him in December. Nevertheless, he is still a lawyer for IPI in a few ongoing cases.
District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona Manglona is getting tougher with senior executives of Imperial Pacific International, warning that unless Chairwoman Cui Li Jie and former Chief Executive Officer Donald Browne show up in her court on the morning of January 21, she may issue arrest warrants against them.
Donald Browne has told a federal court that he stepped down as the CEO of Imperial Pacific International in early December, though this was not revealed publicly. Browne had only assumed the office six months ago.
Almost half, or 88 of the over the 200 construction workers of Imperial Pacific International, will have to leave the CNMI by the end of this month because their H-2B visas are expiring.
Imperial Pacific International is facing yet another lawsuit for its nonpayment of various contractors, workers, and others. This time, Xerox company is suing IPI for about US$183,000 for its failure to pay for services rendered and equipment rented.
CNMI House of Representatives Minority Leader Tina Sablan (D-Saipan) blasted Governor Ralph DLG Torres for keeping silent about the plight of foreign workers of Imperial Pacific International, which she says has turned into a “humanitarian crisis.”