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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
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
Case Ongoing No reason to think so
Additional Resources
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  Memorandum on Rescission Of Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
www.dhs.gov
Date: Sep 5, 2017
By: Department of Homeland Security (Department of Homeland Security)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  The Oyez Project, Alfred L. Snapp & Son, Inc. v. Puerto Rico, 458 U.S. 592 (1982).
www.oyez.org
Date: Jul 1, 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 (469 F.Supp. 928) (W.D. Va.)
IM-VA-0001-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 04/19/1979
Source: Google Scholar
Opinion (632 F.2d 365)
IM-VA-0001-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 10/09/1980
Source: Google Scholar
Opinion (458 U.S. 592)
IM-VA-0001-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 07/01/1982
Source: Westlaw
Judges Blackmun, Harry Andrew Court not on record
IM-VA-0001-0003
Brennan, William Joseph Jr. Court not on record
IM-VA-0001-0003
Butzner, John Decker Jr. Court not on record
IM-VA-0001-0001
Hall, Kenneth Keller Court not on record
IM-VA-0001-0001
Marshall, Thurgood Court not on record
IM-VA-0001-0003
Sprouse, James Marshall Court not on record
IM-VA-0001-0001
Stevens, John Paul Court not on record
IM-VA-0001-0003
Turk, James Clinton Court not on record
IM-VA-0001-0002
White, Byron Raymond Court not on record
IM-VA-0001-0003
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

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