IPI appeals federal court ruling in contractor’s $5.6M lawsuit

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IMPERIAL Pacific International is appealing the ruling of District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona regarding a contractor’s $5.6 million lawsuit.

Judge Manglona on April 23, 2020 found IPI in breach of a promissory note with Pacific Rim Land Development LLC.

The next day the federal court entered a civil judgment in the amount of $5.6 million against IPI.

IPI, through attorney Michael Dotts, notified the federal court Thursday that IPI was appealing its decision and order to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

In her decision and order last month, Judge Manglona also denied the motion of IPI to dismiss the lawsuit of Pacific Rim.

Pacific Rim, which is represented by attorney Colin Thompson, sued IPI for breach of contract for refusing to pay for services in the amount of $5.65 million.

IPI, for its part, stated that Pacific Rim intentionally overstated the costs it incurred in the construction of the IPI hotel/casino project in Garapan.

“Pacific Rim fraudulently obtained from IPI a promissory note, which is therefore unenforceable,” IPI stated.

Moreover, Pacific Rim failed to comply with the contractual condition requiring mediation before filing of a lawsuit, IPI added.




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