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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 and/or the Border
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/Border
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
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Filing Year 2006
Case Closing Year 2007
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
2:06-cv-00489-SRD-KWR (E.D. La.)
IM-LA-0007-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/14/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint - Collective Action
IM-LA-0007-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/01/2006
Stipulation and Proposed Order of Dismissal with Prejudice (E.D. La.)
IM-LA-0007-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/02/2007
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Judges Duval, Stanwood R. Jr. (E.D. La.) show/hide docs
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Roby, Karen Wells (E.D. La.) show/hide docs
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Mora, Grace (Florida) show/hide docs
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