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Case Name Virginia Agricultural Growers Association, Inc. v. Donovan IM-VA-0003
Docket / Court 83-0146-D; 83-0147-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, seeking to invalidate the Department of Labor regulation 20 C.F.R. § 655.207(b), which established a methodology for setting hourly agricultural adverse effect ... read more >
In 1983, an association of Virginia tobacco growers filed suit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, seeking to invalidate the Department of Labor regulation 20 C.F.R. § 655.207(b), which established a methodology for setting hourly agricultural adverse effect wage rates (AEWR). The AEWR was a minimum hourly wage that employers had to agree to pay domestic field workers before the Department of Labor would certify that the admission of aliens to work in the growers' field would not adversely affect the wages of similarly employed U.S. workers. The tobacco growers contended that the AEWR regulation violated the Administrative Procedure Act in that it had no rational basis and was arbitrary and capricious.

After the parties filed cross-motions for summary judgment, the District Court (Judge Jackson L. Kiser) found for the plaintiff and held that the regulation was invalid, as it violated the Administrative Procedure Act. Virginia Agr. Growers Ass'n, Inc. v. Donovan, 597 F.Supp. 45 (W.D.Va. 1984). The Department of Labor appealed.

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed, finding that the regulation was properly adopted, The Court remanded with instructions that the trial court enter summary judgment in favor of the Department of Labor. Virginia Agr. Growers Ass'n, Inc. v. Donovan, 774 F.2d 89 (4th Cir. 1985).

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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. §§ 1101 et seq.
Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 551 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 1985
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing IM-VA-0002 : 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 08/22/1984 (597 F.Supp. 45) (W.D. Va.)
IM-VA-0003-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion 10/03/1985 (774 F.2d 89)
IM-VA-0003-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Table Opinion 10/09/1986 (803 F.2d 714)
IM-VA-0003-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judges Chapman, Robert Foster (Fourth Circuit, D.S.C.)
IM-VA-0003-0002
Kiser, Jackson L. (W.D. Va.)
IM-VA-0003-0001
Winter, Harrison Lee (Fourth Circuit, D. Md.)
IM-VA-0003-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Johnston, William A. (Virginia)
IM-VA-0003-0001 | IM-VA-0003-0002
Karalekas, S. Steven (District of Columbia)
IM-VA-0003-0001 | IM-VA-0003-0002
Kletzkin, Morris (District of Columbia)
IM-VA-0003-0001 | IM-VA-0003-0002
Misler, Albert D. (District of Columbia)
IM-VA-0003-0001 | IM-VA-0003-0002
Moore, Robert N. (Maine)
IM-VA-0003-0001 | IM-VA-0003-0002
Thompson, W. Carrington (Virginia)
IM-VA-0003-0001 | IM-VA-0003-0002
Wiley, Dale M. (Virginia)
IM-VA-0003-0001
Willis, Robert (North Carolina)
IM-VA-0003-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Alderman, John P. (Virginia)
IM-VA-0003-0002
Damus, Robert G. (District of Columbia)
IM-VA-0003-0001
Goldberg, Arthur Joseph (District of Columbia)
IM-VA-0003-0001
King, Thomas R. (Virginia)
IM-VA-0003-0001
Tuddenham, Edward John (Texas)
IM-VA-0003-0001 | IM-VA-0003-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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