CHIEF Judge Ramona V. Manglona of the District Court for the NMI has granted the request of seven workers to sell Imperial Pacific International LLC property to satisfy the $5.4 million judgment against the casino developer.

Judge Manglona on Thursday issued an order granting a writ of execution in favor of the plaintiffs.

She also agreed with the plaintiffs that IPI’s filing of its motion for reconsideration “does not automatically extend or toll the automatic stay under Fed. R. Civ. P. 62(a) nor create a new stay.”

She ordered the clerk of court to issue the writ of execution to the U.S. Marshals Service for the seizure of the personal property of IPI pursuant to 7 CMC § 4204, “including but not limited to: (1) all computer hardware, furniture and equipment, motor vehicles, and casino gaming machines identified in the ‘List of Assets’ filed by IPI’s attorney on March 3, 2021, and (2) the two crystal dragons hanging in the IPI casino that are identified in IPI’s March 8, 2021 filing in a different civil lawsuit that involved IPI.”

Judge Manglona also ordered IPI to maintain any required registrations and insurance for all of the computer hardware, furniture and equipment, motor vehicles, casino gaming machines, crystal dragons, and any other personal property; and to maintain these items in good condition.

IPI is further commanded to store each seized item in its current location, wherever it is found.

In May, Judge Manglona entered a default judgment in favor of the plaintiffs, in the amount of $5,430,595.58 plus post-judgment interest and attorneys’ fees, against IPI.

Represented by attorneys Aaron Halegua and Bruce Berline, the plaintiffs are construction workers Tianming Wang, Dong Han, Yongjun Meng, Liangcai Sun, Youli Wang, Qingchun Xu, and Duxin Yan.

They were formerly employed by IPI’s contractor and subcontractor, MCC International Saipan Ltd. Co. and Gold Mantis Construction Decoration (CNMI — both of which have already settled with the plaintiffs.

The plaintiffs have accused the defendants of labor violations and human trafficking.

Two weeks ago, the federal court granted the request of USA Fanter Corp. Ltd. to issue a writ of execution against IPI so its vehicles and casino gaming machines can be seized and sold to satisfy the over $2 million judgment previously entered against the Saipan casino investor.

Last year, the federal court likewise issued a writ of execution to satisfy the $6.8 million judgment entered against IPI in the lawsuit filed by Pacific Rim Land Development LLC.

Reporter

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

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