USA: Court demands explanation from Gold Mantis Construction for not complying with previous order
"Gold Mantis may be sanctioned by federal court", 9 November 2020
District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has issued a show cause order against Gold Mantis Construction Decoration (CNMI) LLC for not complying with a previous order regarding discovery in the lawsuit of seven workers.
On Oct. 19, Judge Manglona ordered Gold Mantis to respond by Oct. 29 to the following:
- Produce all bank records.
- Produce all records held by Gold Mantis’ accountant.
- Produce all documents related to a People’s Republic of China government inquiry into Gold Mantis’ operations in Saipan.
The plaintiffs worked for MCC International and Gold Mantis, former contractor and subcontractor of Imperial Pacific International.
The plaintiffs initially sued MCC and Gold Mantis only, but included IPI in their amended complaint.
The plaintiffs are suing the defendants for forced labor, negligence, and liability for employees of subcontractors.
In their amended complaint, the plaintiffs are also alleging human trafficking violations.