Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has denied the motion to intervene in Joshua Gray’s lawsuit against IPI.
Northern Mariana Islands.- Chief judge Ramona V. Manglona of the District Court for the NMI has ruled against Century Estate Investment’s attempt to intervene in a lawsuit between Joshua Gray and Imperial Pacific International (IPI). The judge also granted Gray’s request for an order to show cause, seeking the appointment of a limited receiver.
IPI’s creditor had filed a motion to intervene in Gray’s pursuit of receivership arguing that its US$9m loan to IPI in February 2022, should take precedence over Gray’s claims. lt sought the right to intervene and initiate the liquidation of assets. Gray’s had secured an award in a discrimination lawsuit.
A week ago, chief Manglona awarded the Commonwealth Casino Commission (CCC) US$94,068.15 to cover fees and expenses incurred due to a preliminary injunction that compelled the CCC to enter into arbitration with IPI. The ruling deems that the CCC was wrongly restrained when the court issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) and subsequent injunction, which prohibited the CCC from proceeding with plans to revoke IPI’s casino licence.