Casino committee: No objection to the sale of IPI gaming equipment | News

The Commonwealth Casino Commission has no objection to the sale of Imperial Pacific International LLC’s casino slot machines, according to Assistant Attorney General Carl Dela Cruz.

Dela Cruz, representing the Commission, has filed a declaration of no objection to the sale of IPI’s casino slot machines under the receivership in the US Fanter Corporation v. Imperial Pacific International (CNMI), LLC, Case No. 1:20- cv -00003.

On June 9, 2022, Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona of the NMI District Court ordered the committee to file its potential objections to the sale of IPI’s casino slot machines under the receivership set in another lawsuit against IPI.

If not, the court will assume that CCC has given its consent, Judge Manglona said.

IPI, through attorney Kevin Abikoff, is opposing the suspension of the limited receivership in the lawsuit of seven workers who sued the casino developer over allegations of labor abuse and human trafficking.

The plaintiffs were previously employed by the former contractor and subcontractor of IPI, MCC International and Gold Mantis, both of which have already reached a settlement with the workers.

On May 26, 2021, the federal court issued a default judgment in favor of the workers plus post-judgement interest and attorneys’ fees totaling $5.9 million.

IPI failed to pay the verdict, leading the federal court to grant plaintiffs’ writ of execution for the seizure of IPI’s personal property, including its casino slot machines.

Judge Manglona granted a provision on March 16, 2022, filed in the Fanter case between the plaintiffs and IPI, suspending enforcement of the subpoena.

Under the suspension agreement, the court changed the receivership in the Fanter case to add the seven employees as additional creditors with the right to step into Fanter’s shoes to enforce the judgment owed to the plaintiffs.

In that suspension agreement, IPI acknowledged that if it did not comply with the suspension agreement, plaintiffs would have the right to proceed to enforcement by means of a moratorium.

On May 27, 2022, Judge Manglona ruled that IPI had not complied with the agreement.

Represented by attorneys Aaron Halegua and Bruce Berline, the plaintiffs are Tianming Wang, Dong Han, Yongjun Meng, Liangcai Sun, Youli Wang, Qingchun Xu and Duxin Yan. They have asked the court to lift the suspension of the limited suspension of payments to sell IPI’s casino gaming equipment so that the verdict can be complied with.

IPI stated in its appeal that 4 CMC 51564 required Fanter and the Wang prosecutors to obtain permission from the CCC and a license from the commission before requesting the subpoenas and limited trusteeship over the casino slot machines.

But the committee, agreeing with the court’s ruling on the appointment of a trustee, informed the court that it does not oppose the sale of IPI’s casino slot machines.

USA Fanter, for its part, sued IPI for failing to pay the full amount owed to the plaintiff under their construction contract for labor and materials for the improvement of the property of the Saipan casino investor in Garapan.

According to that lawsuit, IPI alone had paid Fanter US$300,000 and the unpaid balance was not less than $2,089,345.28.

Judge Manglona has made a final ruling in favor of USA Fanter.

As for the request to lift the receivership suspension, Judge Manglona has scheduled a hearing for July 15 at 10 a.m.

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