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Case Name Navarrete-Cruz v. LVI Environmental Services of New Orleans, Inc. IM-LA-0007
Docket / Court 2:06-cv-00489-SRD-KWR ( E.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Immigration
Attorney Organization Southern Poverty Law Center
Case Summary
On February 1, 2006, attorneys with the Immigrant Justice Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana filed a class action lawsuit in the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on behalf of hundreds of workers employed by LVI ... read more >
On February 1, 2006, attorneys with the Immigrant Justice Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana filed a class action lawsuit in the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on behalf of hundreds of workers employed by LVI Environmental Services of New Orleans, Inc., a firm that provided rebuilding services to public elementary and high schools in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. Plaintiffs alleged LVI Environmental and its subcontractors violated their rights by exploiting plaintiffs, most of whom were poor migrants who did not speak English, making them work seven days a week, 12 hours a day, in poor environments contaminated by mold, flood water and/or smoke. Plaintiffs alleged that defendants' employment practices violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. §201 et seq. by grossly under paying them and denying them overtime pay.



The parties eventually entered into a Confidential Settlement Agreement and

General Release, resolving all claims. The settlement papers were filed under seal with the Court in June 2007, so details were not made public.

Dan Dalton - 12/10/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Immigration
Employer sanctions
Employment
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 201-219
Defendant(s) AMS Staff Leasing Inc.
D&L, Environmental, Inc.
LVI Environmental Services of New Orleans, Inc.
Plaintiff Description All individuals to whom LVI failed to pay minimum wage and overtime in post-Katrina reconstruction and restoration work in the Gulf Coast region from August 29, 2005 until the date of filing of the present action.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Southern Poverty Law Center
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2007
Case Ongoing No
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)
2:06-cv-00489-SRD-KWR (E.D. La.) 06/14/2007
IM-LA-0007-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint - Collective Action 02/01/2006
IM-LA-0007-0001.pdf | Detail
Stipulation and Proposed Order of Dismissal with Prejudice 05/02/2007 (E.D. La.)
IM-LA-0007-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges Duval, Stanwood R. Jr. (E.D. La.)
IM-LA-0007-9000
Roby, Karen Wells (E.D. La.) [Magistrate]
IM-LA-0007-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bauer, Mary C. (Virginia)
IM-LA-0007-0001 | IM-LA-0007-9000
Gerharz, Barry James (Louisiana)
IM-LA-0007-0002 | IM-LA-0007-9000
Linares, Hector A. (Louisiana)
IM-LA-0007-0001 | IM-LA-0007-9000
Rosenbaum, Jennifer J. (Alabama)
IM-LA-0007-0001 | IM-LA-0007-0002 | IM-LA-0007-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Boyle, Kim Maria (Louisiana)
IM-LA-0007-9000
Burnside, Andrew Phelps (Louisiana)
IM-LA-0007-9000
Davis, Brandon E. (Louisiana)
IM-LA-0007-9000
Dennis, Steve (Texas)
IM-LA-0007-0002 | IM-LA-0007-9000
Englander, Jennifer Lynn (Louisiana)
IM-LA-0007-9000
Estevez, Anne Marie (Florida)
IM-LA-0007-0002 | IM-LA-0007-9000
Korn, David M. (Louisiana)
IM-LA-0007-0002 | IM-LA-0007-9000
McCalla, Robert K. (Louisiana)
IM-LA-0007-0002 | IM-LA-0007-9000
Mora, Grace (Florida)
IM-LA-0007-9000
Reid, William E. (Texas)
IM-LA-0007-0002 | IM-LA-0007-9000
Richard-Spencer, Julie Marie (California)
IM-LA-0007-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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