IPI hires more lawyers to defend against forced labor allegations

Imperial Pacific International has hired two new lawyers, former NMI Bar president Sean E. Frink and Catherine J. Cachero of the Marianas Legal Strategy Group, to defend the company against a former contractor and subcontractor.

These new lawyers will join Kelley Butcher, who has previously been representing IPI in this case.

The plaintiffs, who are all Chinese nationals, allege that IPI violated the CNMI Anti-Trafficking Act by forcing them to work long hours below minimum wage and under extremely dangerous conditions at the Garapan casino-resort worksite.

IPI claims that the workers have no legitimate financial claims to make because they illegally entered the CNMI to work.

Related Articles

IPI found in contempt of court and ordered to stop all construction work

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.

IPI may hire former CNMI Senator as CEO

Imperial Pacific International has reportedly reached a verbal agreement with former CNMI Senator Ray N. Yumul to become its next CEO.

CNMI Representative appeals on behalf of stranded IPI workers

CNMI Representative Edwin K. Propst (D-Saipan) has taken up the cause of Imperial Pacific International’s stranded workers.
Ramona Manglona

Arrest of IPI executives may be on the cards

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 quietly stepped down as IPI CEO in December

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 of IPI construction force must leave CNMI this month

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.

Xerox the latest firm to launch lawsuit against IPI

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.

IPI faces new lawsuit over unpaid bills

The proprietor of Fritz Pacific Project Development Services has filed a legal complaint against Imperial Pacific International for breach of a manpower staffing subcontract, seeking about US$745,000 in unpaid invoices.

IPI’s money and labor law violations under closer pursuit

The Saipan Chamber of Commerce has asked the Commonwealth Casino Commission to hold Imperial Pacific International accountable for their violations of labor laws, wage and hour laws, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration violations.

IPI and CEO Browne found in contempt, but escape jail time

The US District Court for the NMI found both Imperial Pacific International and Chief Executive Officer Donald Browne, in contempt for noncompliance with court orders. However, because IPI finally complied with the court’s sanctions of over US$93,000 on December 4, the court held that Browne need not serve jail time.