Another vendor sues IPI for non-payment of services

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JOHNNY M. Aquino, Professional Corporation has filed a complaint in federal court against Imperial Pacific International for non-payment of services rendered.

The plaintiff, which provides engineering and consulting services, also petitioned the District Court for the NMI to compel IPI to arbitrate its dispute with JMA.

According to the lawsuit filed on Wednesday, the first agreement with IPI pertained to JMA providing structural inspection services for the IPI casino project in Garapan.

IPI failed to pay what it owed under the first agreement in the amount in excess of $75,000, breaching the agreement, the lawsuit stated.

As for the petition to compel arbitration, the lawsuit stated that JMA was hired in Nov. 2016 to perform consulting services to IPI related to traffic signals, roadways, and water quality at the construction site of the IPI resort.

JMA said it performed under the terms of the second agreement in good faith, but IPI failed to pay an amount also in excess of $75,000.

Attorney Mark Scoggins, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of JMA, stated that IPI owes the plaintiff a total of over $300,000 plus interest.

Scoggins said JMA has demanded arbitration, but IPI has ignored this demand.

Scoggins asks the court for an order awarding JMA actual damages under the first agreement.

The lawyer also asked the court for an order directing IPI to proceed with arbitration as required by the second agreement.

In addition, Scoggins asked for a pre- and post-judgment interest and award of attorney’s fees as may be allowed by law or contract.


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