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Case Name NAACP Jefferson County Branch v. U.S. Secretary of Labor IM-DC-0010
Docket / Court 1:82-cv-02315-CRR ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Immigration
Case Summary
In 1982, the NAACP filed a class action on behalf of farmworkers (apple pickers) in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, challenging the Department of Labor's interpretation of its temporary foreign worker program regulations as applied to certain West Virginia apple growers. The ... read more >
In 1982, the NAACP filed a class action on behalf of farmworkers (apple pickers) in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, challenging the Department of Labor's interpretation of its temporary foreign worker program regulations as applied to certain West Virginia apple growers. The complaint alleged that the Department misinterpreted the regulations in a way that allowed grower productivity expectations for apple pickers to increase, thereby resulting in less pay for workers. The District Court agreed and entered a judgment in favor of the plaintiffs, directing the Department to properly enforce its piece rate regulations to assure that apple-pickers were paid correctly. NAACP, Jefferson County Branch v. Donovan, 558 F.Supp. 218 (D.D.C.1982). The District Court later extended its ruling to a nationwide class. NAACP, Jefferson County Branch v. Donovan, 566 F.Supp. 1202, 1206 (D.D.C.1983).

In 1983, the Department issued an amended piece rate regulation, which became the subject of more litigation. NAACP, Jefferson County Branch v. Donovan, 566 F.Supp. 1202 (D.D.C. 1983) (upholding the amended regulation); reversed by N.A.A.C.P., Jefferson County Branch v. Donovan, 737 F.2d 67 (D.C.Cir. 1984); on remand, NAACP, Jefferson County Branch v. Donovan, 1984 WL 3184 (D.D.C. Aug 15, 1984) (again upholding the amended regulation); reversed by N.A.A.C.P., Jefferson County Branch v. Donovan, 765 F.2d 1178 (D.C.Cir.1985).

In 1986, some of the plaintiffs who worked as both apple-pickers and sugar-cane cutters filed a motion for further relief alleging that the Department of Labor was not enforcing its piece-rate regulations in the sugar cane industry. That part of the case dragged on for years, resulting in a number of Court orders. See NAACP, Jefferson County Branch v. Brock, 619 F.Supp. 846 (D.D.C. 1985); NAACP, Jefferson County Branch v. McLaughlin, 703 F.Supp. 1014 (D.D.C. 1989); N.A.A.C.P., Jefferson County Branch v. U.S. Secretary of Labor, 846 F.Supp. 91 (D.D.C. 1994); NAACP, Jefferson County Branch v. U.S. Secretary of Labor, 865 F.Supp. 903 (D.D.C. 1994); NAACP v. Martin, 1995 WL 870020 (D.D.C. Feb 06, 1995). The case was eventually ordered to be dismissed in 1996 by the Court of Appeals, without any relief being granted to the sugar cane cutters. N.A.A.C.P., Jefferson County Branch v. U.S. Sugar Corp., 84 F.3d 1432 (D.C.Cir. 1996).

Dan Dalton - 01/03/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Immigration
Employment
Temporary foreign workers program
Work authorization - criteria
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. ยงยง 1101 et seq.
Defendant(s) U.S. Department of Labor
Plaintiff Description NAACP and migrant farm workers (apple-pickers) who were employed by West Virginia apple growers in the 1980 to 1981 growing seasons
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1982 - 1996
Case Closing Year 1997
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing IM-DC-0015 : Bragg v. Donovan (D.D.C.)
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Threats to the Future of the Immigration Class Action
Washington University Journal of Law and Policy
By: Jill E. Family (Widener University School of Law)
Citation: 27 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol'y 71 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
1:82-cv-02315-CRR (D.D.C.) 03/27/1997
IM-DC-0010-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum Opinion [re: Summary Judgment] 09/03/1982 (558 F.Supp. 218) (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0010-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum Opinion [re: Attorney Fees] 12/14/1982 (554 F.Supp. 715) (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0010-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
[Order re: Cross-Motions for Summary Judgment] 06/28/1983 (566 F.Supp. 1202) (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0010-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
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Statement of Case 08/15/1984 (1984 WL 3184 / 1984 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 24324) (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0010-0009.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Opinion [Denying Plaintiff's Applications] 10/10/1985 (619 F.Supp. 846) (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0010-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
[Order] 01/17/1989 (703 F.Supp. 1014) (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0010-0005.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
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Order [re: Discovery Motions] 04/23/1990 (1990 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 4664) (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0010-0011.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Memorandum Opinion of Charles R. Richey United States District Judge 02/22/1994 (846 F.Supp. 91) (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0010-0006.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
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Memorandum Opinion [Denying Summary Judgment] 09/22/1994 (865 F.Supp. 903) (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0010-0007.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
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Order [Dismissing Case] 02/06/1995 (1995 WL 870020 / 1995 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 21217) (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0010-0010.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Opinion (D.C. Circuit) 05/28/1996 (84 F.3d 1432)
IM-DC-0010-0008.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
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Judges Ginsburg, Douglas Howard (D.C. Circuit)
IM-DC-0010-0008
Randolph, Arthur Raymond (D.C. Circuit)
IM-DC-0010-0008
Richey, Charles Robert (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0010-0001 | IM-DC-0010-0002 | IM-DC-0010-0003 | IM-DC-0010-0004 | IM-DC-0010-0005 | IM-DC-0010-0006 | IM-DC-0010-0007 | IM-DC-0010-0009 | IM-DC-0010-0010 | IM-DC-0010-0011 | IM-DC-0010-9000
Tatel, David S. (D.C. Circuit)
IM-DC-0010-0008
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Arnow, Geoffrey F. (New York)
IM-DC-0010-0003
Davis, Shelley F. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0010-0006 | IM-DC-0010-0007 | IM-DC-0010-0008 | IM-DC-0010-0010 | IM-DC-0010-9000
Geffert, Garry C. (West Virginia)
IM-DC-0010-0005
Goldberg, Thomas D. (Connecticut)
IM-DC-0010-0001 | IM-DC-0010-0002 | IM-DC-0010-0003 | IM-DC-0010-0004
Goldman, Gerald (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0010-0001 | IM-DC-0010-0002
Goldstein, Bruce Nevin (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0010-0008 | IM-DC-0010-0010 | IM-DC-0010-9000
Gorman, David L. (Florida)
IM-DC-0010-9000
Lacovara, Phillip A. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0010-0001 | IM-DC-0010-0002 | IM-DC-0010-0003 | IM-DC-0010-0004
Rosenthal, Roger C. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0010-0005
Stein, William R. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0010-0007
Stern, Ronald A. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0010-0004
Tuddenham, Edward J. (New York)
IM-DC-0010-0005 | IM-DC-0010-0006 | IM-DC-0010-0007 | IM-DC-0010-0010 | IM-DC-0010-9000
Williams, Robert A. (Florida)
IM-DC-0010-0006 | IM-DC-0010-0007 | IM-DC-0010-0008 | IM-DC-0010-0010 | IM-DC-0010-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Alter, Bruce W. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0010-0001
Bates, John D. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0010-0005 | IM-DC-0010-0006 | IM-DC-0010-0007
Costantino, Vincent C. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0010-0006 | IM-DC-0010-0007 | IM-DC-0010-0008
DuRoss, William H. III (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0010-0001 | IM-DC-0010-0003 | IM-DC-0010-0004
Harris, Stanley S. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0010-0001 | IM-DC-0010-0002 | IM-DC-0010-0003
Hennemuth, Jeffrey A. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0010-0004
Holder, Eric H. Jr. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0010-0006 | IM-DC-0010-0007 | IM-DC-0010-0008
Lamberth, Royce C. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0010-0001 | IM-DC-0010-0002 | IM-DC-0010-0003 | IM-DC-0010-0004
Lawrence, R. Craig (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0010-0004 | IM-DC-0010-0005
Paxton, Sally P. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0010-0006
Raymond, Charles D. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0010-0006 | IM-DC-0010-0007
Reardon, Timothy J. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0010-0005
Ryan, Michael Joseph (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0010-0004 | IM-DC-0010-0005 | IM-DC-0010-0006 | IM-DC-0010-0007 | IM-DC-0010-0008 | IM-DC-0010-0010 | IM-DC-0010-9000
Sheinfeld, Harry (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0010-0003 | IM-DC-0010-0004 | IM-DC-0010-0006 | IM-DC-0010-0007 | IM-DC-0010-0008
Stanley, Richard A. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0010-0001 | IM-DC-0010-0002 | IM-DC-0010-0003
Williamson, Thomas S. Jr. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0010-0006 | IM-DC-0010-0007
Other Lawyers Burgoyne, Robert Anthony (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0010-0007 | IM-DC-0010-0008 | IM-DC-0010-0010 | IM-DC-0010-9000
Hart, Jonathon D. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0010-0010 | IM-DC-0010-9000
Milch, Thomas H. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0010-0010 | IM-DC-0010-9000
Muraro, Robert E. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0010-0008
Robinson, Frederick (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0010-0007 | IM-DC-0010-9000
Schweitzer, Sarah L. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0010-0008
Simpson, John M. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0010-0006 | IM-DC-0010-0007 | IM-DC-0010-0008 | IM-DC-0010-0010 | IM-DC-0010-9000

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