Imperial Pacific to pay $5.6m for contract breach

Imperial Pacific International has been ordered to pay to its former contractor for breaching a promissory note.

Saipan.- After being sued by former contractor Pacific Rim Land Development LLC, Imperial Pacific International (IPI) has been ordered to pay US$5.6million for breaching a contract.

According to local newspaper Marianas Variety, the District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands had issued a partial judgement relating to the breach and denying a motion by IPI to dismiss Pacific Rim’s lawsuit.

Pacific Rim sued IPI for breach of contract after the Saipan casino operator refused to pay for services, worth US$5.6 million, at the site of IPI’s Imperial Palace‧Saipan.

Works under the agreement were completed on 30 September 2018.

According to IPI’s defense, Pacific Rim had overstated the cost of completing the works: “Pacific Rim fraudulently obtained from IPI a promissory note, which is therefore unenforceable”.

IPI added that Pacific Rim had also failed to comply with a contractual obligation to enter into mediation over the matter before filing any lawsuits.

The court ruling, for US$5.65million, also includes reasonable attorney fees and costs.

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