IPI files countersuit against former contractor

Imperial Pacific International has accused its former contractor, Pacific Rim Land Development, of providing false information in its lawsuit against the firm, and has filed a countersuit on the argument that Pacific Rim engaged in a “failure to negotiate in good faith and mediate” as had been required.

Other counterclaims filed by IPI against its former contractor were fraud, violation of the Consumer Protection Act, and breach of contract. IPI is also demanding a jury trial.

IPI’s lawyer alleges that Pacific Rim knowingly misrepresented the trade categories of its employees in its monthly invoices and deliberately omitted to disclose when submitting its monthly invoices that its workforce “did not perform work in a manner as efficient or competent as those of ordinary skill, competency, and standing in the corresponding trades.”

Specifically, IPI contends that Pacific Rim hired a kitchen helper and a delivery man and made them work in IPI’s casino resort as carpenters.

The countersuit represents a new strategy by IPI after its attempts to get the courts to quash Pacific Rim’s lawsuit against it have repeatedly failed.

Pacific Rim alleges that IPI has failed to pay for its construction services.