District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona Manglona is getting tougher with senior executives of Imperial Pacific International, warning that unless Chairwoman Cui Li Jie and former Chief Executive Officer Donald Browne show up in her court on the morning of January 21, she may issue arrest warrants against them.
Donald Browne has told a federal court that he stepped down as the CEO of Imperial Pacific International in early December, though this was not revealed publicly. Browne had only assumed the office six months ago.
Almost half, or 88 of the over the 200 construction workers of Imperial Pacific International, will have to leave the CNMI by the end of this month because their H-2B visas are expiring.
Imperial Pacific International is facing yet another lawsuit for its nonpayment of various contractors, workers, and others. This time, Xerox company is suing IPI for about US$183,000 for its failure to pay for services rendered and equipment rented.
CNMI House of Representatives Minority Leader Tina Sablan (D-Saipan) blasted Governor Ralph DLG Torres for keeping silent about the plight of foreign workers of Imperial Pacific International, which she says has turned into a “humanitarian crisis.”
Imperial Pacific International’s parent company, IPI Holdings, has been collecting “receivables” but not sharing them with its subsidiary on Saipan, the Commonwealth Casino Commission said.
The US District Court of the NMI has told Imperial Pacific International to send a representative with full authority to participate in a settlement conference for a sexual harassment case.
The US Department of Labor has filed a notice with the US District Court for the NMI informing the court of Imperial Pacific International’s failure to comply with a court judgement that dates back to 2019. According to the notice, IPI cannot continue to disregard the federal court judgment, its employees, and the Fair Labor Standards Act or FLSA.