Court clears claims against company in Saipan human trafficking case

Workers from China held a protest in front of the Imperial Pacific casino project alleging labor violation in this September 2017 file photo.

The District Court of the CNMI has signed a stipulation dismissing claims against Gold Mantis Construction Decoration following a settlement agreement between the company and workers from China who sued for labor violations.

Federal Judge Ramona Manglona signed the stipulation on Jan. 8, four days after both parties finalized their settlement.

Gold Mantis is among the defendants in the $11.58-million lawsuit filed by seven Chinese workers, who worked on the Saipan casino construction project. The workers alleged they were victims of forced labor and human trafficking.

Gold Mantis was subcontracted by Imperial Pacific International to build the casino resort complex on Saipan.

Imperial Pacific was also named defendants along with MCC International Saipan Ltd. Co., a subsidiary of a Chinese state-owned conglomerate.