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15 former Tinian Dynasty workers seek $4.2M in damages

FIFTEEN former Tinian Dynasty workers are demanding $4.2 million in damages in the lawsuit they filed against Hong Kong Entertainment (Overseas) Investment Ltd. and Mega Stars Overseas Ltd., owners and management of the defunct casino.

They initially asked for $3.4 million in damages, but through their lawyer Samuel Mok, the workers are now also demanding $50,000 each for  mental anguish.

Last week, the former workers filed an amended computation of damages for their lost earnings and lost benefits.

The former workers are Eric F. Dona, Donny Rivera, Melinda Rivera, Chung-Liang Chiu, Shingo Kajiwara, Han Shao, Lorenzo Pacia III, Didith Pacia, Ming Yang Yuan, Chuan Hui Xu, Flordeliza F. Camiguing, Jovelyn F. Reyes, Richard Julio L. Reyes, Ernesto Y. Rivera and Jose C. Cadion Jr.

The compensatory damages for lost of earnings and lost benefits they are asking range from $20,878 to $46,933.

The former workers filed their amended statement of damages following District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona’s order directing them to provide the court with the exact amount of damages they are seeking against Dynasty’s owner and management.

On Thursday, a hearing was held on the former workers’ motion for a default judgement. After a brief discussion on the pleadings and supporting documents, Mok asked for a continuance which the judge granted. The hearing will resume on March 14 at 9 a.m.

Judge Manglona also ordered the plaintiffs to file a memorandum of law in support of the motion no later than March 7.

In Feb. 2018, Chun Wai Chan, a corporate representative of HKE and Mega Stars, informed the court that Tinian Dynasty had not generated any income since its hotel halted operation in March 2016, and that the defendants could not afford to a private counsel in this case.

In their complaint, the former Dynasty workers accused the owners and management  of lying to them about their immigration status.

The plaintiffs’ filed a complaint alleging fraudulent concealment, negligent misrepresentation, constructive fraud, and wrongful termination.