A CNMI district court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former Imperial Pacific International VIP hostess against her company after the two parties reached a settlement, local media reports.
Shirlene Loh was a former VIP services host from October 2015 to August 2016.
Loh said she worked 14 hour days, without break, but IPI failed to give her minimum wage rate and OT as required by the labor standards act.
She also alleged that her share of tips was taken by the VIP services supervisor.
However, last month, both IPI and Loh filed a notice of settlement and will be filing a dismissal as soon as the documents are completed.
Imperial Pacific International paid a services firm $130,000 to oversee the construction of its casino and hotel tower and to file the documents with the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands' Department of Public Works. However, the contractor failed to submit the paperwork, the company says.
The CNMI Senate passed on a 6-1-1 vote a bill that would legalize and regulate the creation of an online gambling industry on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.
CNMI Governor Ralph DLG Torres has made it clear that if the curtain comes down on Imperial Pacific International’s operations in Saipan, it’s not going to result from any action that he is prepared to take.
A group of workers from Turkey have filed the latest lawsuit against Imperial Pacific International, this time on accusations that the company lured them to Saipan on various false promises about their working conditions.
The Commonwealth Casino Commission board approved an order that temporarily adjusted a requirement for Imperial Pacific International to maintain $1 million at minimum in its casino cage. The ruling will allow the company to move the estimated $688,000 to $690,000 to a secure place.
Commonwealth Casino Commission Chairman Edward C. Deleon Guerrero raised concern to Imperial Pacific International CEO Donald Browne about the possible impact of Chinese government’s potential blacklisting of cross-border or overseas gambling destinations.
The CNMI Lottery Commission approved Imperial Pacific International’s request to extend for three years the deadline to pay its US$20 million community benefit fund contribution and to defer for five years the payment of the US$36 million that IPI failed to remit in previous years. Meanwhile, construction woes continued with a new lawsuit against IPI and a dispute with the construction engineers.
Imperial Pacific International CEO says that he is being used as a pawn to satisfy the demands of “millionaire” plaintiff lawyers and he is willing to risk jail to pay employees first. Meanwhile, the Commonwealth Casino Commission says it is looking into IPI’s failure to pay its employees and the Department of Public Works says it still doesn’t have all the documents it needs to authorize IPI to resume casino hotel construction.
The stakes are getting higher for Imperial Pacific International, particularly after a lawyer for one of the plaintiffs asked the court for Chief Executive Officer Donald Browne to be jailed for contempt of court.
Commonwealth Casino Commission Chair Edward Deleon Guerrero is skeptical about Imperial Pacific International’s claim that an investor that has put up US$5.59 million as a security deposit on behalf of the firm at a time when the mother company in Hong Kong is unwilling to do likewise.