IMPERIAL Pacific International LLC has bounced a check for $30,000 made out to the Law Office of William M. Fitzgerald Trust Account, the lawyer told the federal court.

Fitzgerald represents Yuqin Gui who earlier filed a complaint against Stephen Brown, IPI’s pit manager, for sexual harassment and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Gui has settled her complaint against IPI for $60,000, but according to her lawyer, “IPI has failed to comply with this court’s judgment and has failed to make a required $30,000 payment.”

IPI’s check for $30,000 bounced, he added as he requested the court to issue an order to show cause against IPI.

He said IPI should explain to the court why it should not be held in contempt and sanctioned.

At the show cause hearing on Oct. 7, Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona of the District Court for the NMI entered a finding of contempt against IPI.

The judge also granted the plaintiff’s request for attorney’s fees and costs.

The plaintiff is seeking an immediate payment of the balance due in addition to attorney’s fees and costs, a $2,000 fine for each day IPI fails to make payment, and further sanctions should IPI continue to fail in its obligations.

Should IPI claim it does not have funding, the plaintiff “moves to have the court mandate [that] IPI sell assets to satisfy judgment.”

IPI is facing several other lawsuits filed by former vendors or employees as well as complaints filed by the Commonwealth Casino Commission, which is considering the revocation of IPI’s exclusive casino license.


Bryan Manabat studied criminal justice at Northern Marianas College. He covers the community, tourism, business, police and court beats.

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