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IPI ordered to show cause why a default judgment should not be entered against it

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NOTING the history of Imperial Pacific International in failing to adequately respond to discovery requests, District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona ordered IPI to show cause in writing why the court should not enter a default judgment against it.

Judge Manglona directed IPI to submit its reasons no later than Wednesday, June 10, at 9 a.m.

She said the plaintiffs can file a response on Thursday, June 11, at 9 a.m. Judge Manglona also scheduled a hearing for Friday, June 12, at 9 a.m. regarding the order to show cause.

Judge Manglona issued the decision late Monday afternoon after IPI told the court of its non-payment of court-ordered sanctions.

On Friday, Judge Manglona ordered IPI to comply with a previous discovery order in the lawsuit of seven workers who are alleging labor violations against IPI and its former contractor and subcontractor, MCC International Saipan Ltd. Co. and Gold Mantis Construction Decoration (CNMI).

Non-compliance will result in an issuance of an order to show cause why a default judgement should not be issued against IPI, the judge said.

On June 8, she said, IPI informed the court that it had not made the necessary payments to the electronically stored information vendor and it was not willing or able to pay the costs associated with this case, including the plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees and costs.

The plaintiffs are Tianming Wang, Dong Han, Yongjun Meng, Liangcai Sun, Youli Wang, Qingchun Xu, and Duxin Yan. They are represented by attorneys Aaron Halegua and Bruce Berline.

At the hearing on Friday, Judge Manglona ordered IPI to pay the necessary fees to Litigation Edge to transfer all data to an Amazon Web Services or AWS account controlled by the plaintiffs.

Litigation Edge is a vendor used by IPI to download electronically stored information requested by the plaintiffs.

Judge Manglona told IPI that it must complete the transfer of the ESI data by June 12, 2020.

 

 

 

 

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