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IPI Chair resigns during ongoing court case

Imperial Pacific International has announced the resignation of Chair and Executive Director Cui Li Jie due to personal time constraints.

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Cui, together with IPI, was involved in a series of court cases and alleged misuse of the company’s employees, as seven construction workers from China sued IPI over labour abuse and human trafficking allegations.

Cui failed to comply with the court’s requests involving the case and stated the blame lies with her lawyer, Juan T. Lizama, who allegedly failed to inform Cui of communications from the opposing lawyer.

However, attorney Aaron Halegua, representing the Chinese workers, argued that failure to comply with the orders of the court lies entirely with Cui.

“The record demonstrates a pattern of dishonesty and obstruction,” he said. "[There are] numerous examples of bad faith and obstructionist conduct by the IPI Chairwoman that do not have any connection to Mr. Lizama."

He added Cui will likely be found guilty of civil contempt. It’s been two months since the court issued an order for Cui to address the creation and use of electronically stored information. According to Halegua, Cui “demonstrated clear disrespect for the authority of this court, but also have created a considerable burden on plaintiffs”.

However, IPI’s troubles with rules and regulations won’t end with the resignation of its Chair.

There are outstanding payments the company failed to meet, including an overdue annual regulatory fee and other regulatory infractions IPI hasn’t paid to the Commonwealth Casino Commission, which in April resulted in a temporary suspension of its gaming licence.

 

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