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Case Name Commonwealth of Puerto Rico v. Alfred L. Snapp & Sons, Inc. IM-VA-0001
Docket / Court 79-0007(H) ( W.D. Va. )
State/Territory Virginia
Case Type(s) Immigration
Case Summary
In 1979, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico brought suit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, challenging the actions of East Coast apple growers in recruiting and employing foreign workers during the apple harvest season. Puerto Rico alleged that the apple ... read more >
In 1979, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico brought suit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, challenging the actions of East Coast apple growers in recruiting and employing foreign workers during the apple harvest season. Puerto Rico alleged that the apple growers violated the Wagner-Peyser Act and the Immigration and Nationality Act by hiring foreign workers instead of citizens of Puerto Rico, who should have been given priority in employment as they were U.S. citizens

Apple growers moved to dismiss the case, arguing that plaintiff lacked standing to bring the action. The District Court (Chief Judge Turk) granted the motion, holding that Puerto Rico did not have standing under the doctrine of parens patriae to bring suit. Com. of Puerto Rico ex rel. Quiros v. Alfred L. Snapp & Son, Inc., 469 F.Supp. 928 (W.D.Va. 1979) Puerto Rico appealed. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed. Com. of Puerto Rico ex rel. Quiros v. Alfred L. Snapp & Sons, Inc., 632 F.2d 365 (4th Cir. 1980).

Certiorari was granted by the U.S. Supreme Court. Alfred L. Snapp & Son, Inc. v. Puerto Rico, 454 U.S. 1079, 102 S.Ct. 631, 70 L.Ed.2d 612 (1981). The Fourth Circuit decision was affirmed. Alfred L. Snapp & Son, Inc. v. Puerto Rico, ex rel., Barez, 458 U.S. 592, 102 S.Ct. 3260, 73 L.Ed.2d 995(1982).

It is unknown what happened to the case upon remand to the District Court.

Dan Dalton - 12/10/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Immigration
Employment
Temporary foreign workers program
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. ยงยง 1101 et seq.
Defendant(s) Alfred L. Snapp and Son, Inc.
Plaintiff Description The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
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 ]

Links The Oyez Project, Alfred L. Snapp & Son, Inc. v. Puerto Rico, 458 U.S. 592 (1982).
www.oyez.org
Posted: Jul. 01, 1982
By: Oyez Project (IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Memorandum Opinion 04/19/1979 (469 F.Supp. 928) (W.D. Va.)
IM-VA-0001-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion 10/09/1980 (632 F.2d 365)
IM-VA-0001-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion 07/01/1982 (458 U.S. 592)
IM-VA-0001-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Judges Blackmun, Harry Andrew (SCOTUS, Eighth Circuit)
IM-VA-0001-0003
Brennan, William Joseph Jr. (SCOTUS)
IM-VA-0001-0003
Butzner, John Decker Jr. (E.D. Va., Fourth Circuit)
IM-VA-0001-0001
Hall, Kenneth Keller (S.D. W. Va., Fourth Circuit)
IM-VA-0001-0001
Marshall, Thurgood (SCOTUS, Second Circuit)
IM-VA-0001-0003
Sprouse, James Marshall (Fourth Circuit)
IM-VA-0001-0001
Stevens, John Paul (SCOTUS, Seventh Circuit)
IM-VA-0001-0003
Turk, James Clinton (W.D. Va.)
IM-VA-0001-0002
White, Byron Raymond (SCOTUS)
IM-VA-0001-0003
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Fax, Charles S. (Maryland)
IM-VA-0001-0001 | IM-VA-0001-0002
Guinot, Luis Jr. (District of Columbia)
IM-VA-0001-0001 | IM-VA-0001-0002
Lenzini, Paul A. (District of Columbia)
IM-VA-0001-0001 | IM-VA-0001-0003
Troutman, Lynda R. (District of Columbia)
IM-VA-0001-0001
Watson, Robert C. (Tennessee)
IM-VA-0001-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Bacas, Thomas J. (District of Columbia)
IM-VA-0001-0001 | IM-VA-0001-0003
Brown, Ronald J. (Virginia)
IM-VA-0001-0002
Johnson, William A. (Virginia)
IM-VA-0001-0001 | IM-VA-0001-0002
Karalekas, S. Steven (District of Columbia)
IM-VA-0001-0001 | IM-VA-0001-0003
Other Lawyers None on record

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