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Case Name Virginia Agricultural Growers Association, Inc. v. Donovan IM-VA-0002
Docket / Court 83-0108-D ( W.D. Va. )
State/Territory Virginia
Case Type(s) Immigration
Case Summary
In 1983, an association of Virginia tobacco growers filed suit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, challenging the "50% rule" of the Department of Labor. Under the 50% rule, a employer who filed a temporary labor certification in order to hire foreign migrant ... read more >
In 1983, an association of Virginia tobacco growers filed suit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, challenging the "50% rule" of the Department of Labor. Under the 50% rule, a employer who filed a temporary labor certification in order to hire foreign migrant workers, assured that it would provide employment to any qualified U.S. worker who applied during the first half (50%) of the contract period under which foreign workers were hired. The tobacco growers maintained that the 50% rule was an unreasonable regulation, was arbitrary and capricious, and was contrary to the purposes of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

The District Court (Judge Kiser) upheld the 50% rule, finding that it was within the Department of Labor's statutory authority. Virginia Agr. Growers Ass'n, Inc. v. Donovan, 579 F.Supp. 768 (W.D.Va. 1984). The Court of Appeals affirmed. Virginia Agr. Growers Ass'n, Inc. v. U.S. Dept. of Labor, 756 F.2d 1025 (4th Cir. 1985).

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) Department of Labor
Plaintiff Description Virginia Agricultural Growers Association (group of tobacco growers)
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing IM-VA-0003 : Virginia Agricultural Growers Association, Inc. v. Donovan (W.D. Va.)
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)
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Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Memorandum Opinion 01/27/1984 (579 F.Supp. 768) (W.D. Va.)
IM-VA-0002-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum Opinion 08/22/1984 (597 F.Supp. 45) (W.D. Va.)
IM-VA-0002-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion 03/13/1985 (756 F.2d 1025)
IM-VA-0002-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Chapman, Robert Foster (Fourth Circuit, D.S.C.)
IM-VA-0002-0002
Kiser, Jackson L. (W.D. Va.)
IM-VA-0002-0001 | IM-VA-0002-0003
Russell, Donald Stuart (Fourth Circuit, D.S.C.)
IM-VA-0002-0002
Winter, Harrison Lee (Fourth Circuit, D. Md.)
IM-VA-0002-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Johnston, William A. (Virginia)
IM-VA-0002-0003
Karalekas, S. Steven (District of Columbia)
IM-VA-0002-0003
Kletzkin, Morris (District of Columbia)
IM-VA-0002-0001 | IM-VA-0002-0003
Misler, Albert D. (District of Columbia)
IM-VA-0002-0001 | IM-VA-0002-0002 | IM-VA-0002-0003
Moore, Robert N. (Virginia)
IM-VA-0002-0001 | IM-VA-0002-0002 | IM-VA-0002-0003
Thompson, W. Carrington (Virginia)
IM-VA-0002-0001 | IM-VA-0002-0002 | IM-VA-0002-0003
Wiley, Dale M. (Virginia)
IM-VA-0002-0001 | IM-VA-0002-0003
Willis, Robert (North Carolina)
IM-VA-0002-0001 | IM-VA-0002-0003
Defendant's Lawyers Alderman, John P. (Virginia)
IM-VA-0002-0001
Damus, Robert G. (District of Columbia)
IM-VA-0002-0003
Goldberg, Arthur Joseph (District of Columbia)
IM-VA-0002-0003
King, Thomas R. (Virginia)
IM-VA-0002-0003
Tuddenham, Edward J. (New York)
IM-VA-0002-0003
Other Lawyers Barry, Robert J. (Virginia)
IM-VA-0002-0001 | IM-VA-0002-0002
Hurwitz, Chester A. (District of Columbia)
IM-VA-0002-0001 | IM-VA-0002-0002

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