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Case Name United Farm Workers v. Department of Labor IM-DC-0016
Docket / Court 1:07-cv-02241-HHK ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Immigration
Case Summary
On December 13, 2007, the United Farm Workers and Farmworker Justice, two worker advocacy groups, filed suit against the U.S. Department of Labor under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Washington, DC). Plaintiffs alleged that ... read more >
On December 13, 2007, the United Farm Workers and Farmworker Justice, two worker advocacy groups, filed suit against the U.S. Department of Labor under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Washington, DC). Plaintiffs alleged that the Department failed to release public information about employers who have used the H-2A visa program to hire foreign guest workers instead of U.S. workers. Plaintiffs asserted that they had made 7 separate FOIA requests, some nearly a year ago, which the Department either ignored or responded to in a deficient manner. Plaintiffs alleged that the FOIA requests were made in order to uncover documents which they believe will show employer abuses in the H-2A program.

At the time of this summary, the case had just been filed and the Department of Labor had not yet formally answered the charges against it.

Dan Dalton - 12/21/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Records Disclosure
Immigration
Employment
Temporary foreign workers program
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552
Defendant(s) Department of Labor
Plaintiff Description United Farm Workers and Farmworker Justice, worker advocacy groups
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2008
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)
07-2241 (D.D.C.) 09/11/2008
IM-DC-0016-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunction Relief 12/13/2007
IM-DC-0016-0001.pdf | Detail
Groups Sue Department of Labor Over Foreign Guestworker Documents 12/13/2007
IM-DC-0016-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges Kennedy, Henry Harold Jr. (D.D.C.) [Magistrate]
IM-DC-0016-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Goldstein, Bruce Nevin (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0016-0001
Kirkpatrick, Michael T (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0016-0001 | IM-DC-0016-9000
Rosenbaum, Adina H. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0016-0001
Ruiz, Virginia (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0016-0001 | IM-DC-0016-9000
Willenson, Marni (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0016-0001 | IM-DC-0016-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Johnson, Michelle Nicole (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0016-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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