ATTORNEY David Lujan of Lujan & Wolff, LLP on Monday filed a notice of motion and motion to withdraw as Lijie Cui’s attorney in the lawsuit of seven construction workers who are alleging labor violations and human trafficking.

Cui is the former chair of the Saipan casino investor, Imperial Pacific International LLC.

Lujan told the federal court that Clyde Lemons, the Lujan & Wolff LLP attorney who represented Cui, now works for the Office of the Guam Alternate Public Defender.

“Irreconcilable difference has arisen between Lujan & Wolff and Ms. Cui,” Lujan said, adding that he is “simply unable to devote sufficient time on Ms. Cui’s matter.”

Lujan said Cui does not object to the motion of his withdrawal.

Cui retained Lujan’s services on June 26, 2021. She is a third-party witness in the lawsuit of seven construction workers against IPI and its former contractor and subcontractor, MCC International and Gold Mantis Construction Decoration, both of which have already settled with the plaintiffs: Tianming Wang, Dong Han, Yongjun Meng, Liangcai Sun, Youli Wang, Qingchun Xu, and Duxin Yan.

The plaintiffs are represented by attorneys Bruce Berline and Aaron Halegua.

On Aug. 26, 2021, District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona found Cui in contempt of court for failing to comply with a previous preservation order regarding the electronically stored information (ESI) that she created or used, including emails, and ESI data sent or received by others on her behalf.

Recently, the judge found Cui to be in contempt of court, again, this time for failing to provide backups of her ESI and the correct login information for her iCloud account.

To comply with the court order, Cui said she has subpoenaed the makers of iPhone, Apple Inc. in California.

The judge said the $5.4 million default judgment against IPI and in favor of the plaintiffs remain unsatisfied, and this is the reason why all ESI data held by the former IPI chair remain relevant to the proceedings.

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

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