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Case Name Krishnakutty v. Signal International, LLC IM-LA-0014
Docket / Court 2:13-cv-06220 ( E.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Immigration and/or the Border
Special Collection Signal International Guest Worker Cases
Attorney Organization Southern Poverty Law Center
Case Summary
This case is part of the series of Signal International cases. It was consolidated with Achari v. Signal International and continues on that page ... read more >
This case is part of the series of Signal International cases. It was consolidated with Achari v. Signal International and continues on that page.

On Aug. 7, 2013, two Indian guestworkers filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi for harm suffered as a result of an allegedly fraudulent and coercive employment recruitment scheme. Plaintiffs filed this suit after District Judge Jay Zainey denied class certification on Jan. 3, 2012 in a related case, David v. Signal International.

Plaintiffs were allegedly brought into the United States to provide labor and services to defendant Signal International, a company based in Pascagoula, Mississippi with operations in the Gulf Coast region, in the business of providing repairs to offshore oil rigs. The complaint alleged that plaintiffs paid Signal's recruiters approximately $15,000 for recruitment fees, as well as additional fees for skills and medical tests. The plaintiffs also named Malvern C. Burnett and Sachin Dewan, a New Orleans lawyer and India-based recruiter, respectively, as co-defendants for their involvement in the scheme. Upon arrival in the United States, plaintiffs discovered that they would not receive the green cards promised to them. Instead, they were forced to pay additional fees ($1050 per month) to live in racially segregated labor camps under constant supervision of private security guards, and were subject to threats of both legal and physical harm if they complained about the conditions or decided not to provide labor.

The complaint alleged violations of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (18 U.S.C. §1589 (forced labor) and 18 U.S.C. §1590 (trafficking)), Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (18 U.S.C. §1962(c) and (d)), Civil Rights Act of 1866 (42 U.S.C. §1981), Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 (42 U.S.C. §1985), the Thirteenth Amendment, as well as claims for fraud, negligent misrepresentation, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of confidential relationship. Plaintiffs were represented by private law firms.

In Oct. 2013, the Court (Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr.) transferred this case and Achari, Chakkiyattil v. Signal International, and Devassy v. Signal International to the Eastern District of Louisiana. On Oct. 24, 2013, the case was assigned to Judge Susie Morgan and consolidated with the Achari case.

This case continues at the case page for Achari.

Anna Dimon - 05/12/2015
Allison Hight - 03/27/2016
Ava Morgenstern - 12/01/2017


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Discipline
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
Discrimination-basis
Immigration status
National origin discrimination
Race discrimination
General
Bathing and hygiene
Disparate Treatment
Housing
Loss or damage to property
Racial segregation
Totality of conditions
Immigration/Border
Employer sanctions
Employment
Immigration lawyers
Temporary foreign workers program
U.S. citizenship - acquiring
National Origin/Ethnicity
Indian
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Asian/Pacific Islander
Type of Facility
Non-government for profit
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1981
42 U.S.C. § 1985
Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), 18 U.S.C. §§ 1961 et seq.
State law
Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), 18 U.S.C. § 1589
Defendant(s) Dewan Consultants
Global Resources, Inc.
Gulf Coast Immigration Law Center
Indo-Amerisoft, L.L.C.
Kurella Rao
Law Offices of Malvern C. Burnett
Malvern C. Burnett
Sachin Dewan
Signal International, Inc.
Plaintiff Description 2 Indian guestworkers fraudulently recruited to work in the U.S.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Southern Poverty Law Center
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Filing Year 2013
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing IM-LA-0010 : David v. Signal International, LLC (E.D. La.)
IM-LA-0011 : Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Signal International, LLC (E.D. La.)
IM-LA-0012 : Achari v. Signal International, LLC (E.D. La.)
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Docket(s)
2:13-cv-06220-SM-DEK (E.D. La.)
IM-LA-0014-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/24/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
2:13-cv-6218 (E.D. La.)
IM-LA-0014-9001.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/19/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
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Date: 08/07/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
RICO Case Statement [ECF# 2]
IM-LA-0014-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/07/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Consolidating Cases and Transferring to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [ECF# 26] (S.D. Miss.)
IM-LA-0014-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/18/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Protective Order [ECF# 183] (E.D. La.)
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Date: 02/17/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order and Reasons (2014 WL 5489359) (E.D. La.)
IM-LA-0014-0006.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 08/13/2014
Source: Bloomberg Law
Order and Reasons (2014 WL 5493269) (E.D. La.)
IM-LA-0014-0007.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 08/14/2014
Source: Bloomberg Law
Order [ECF# 345] (E.D. La.)
IM-LA-0014-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/16/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order and Reasons [ECF# 392] (37 F.Supp.3d 836) (E.D. La.)
IM-LA-0014-0009.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 10/14/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Summary of Claims in First Amended Complaint [ECF# 459]
IM-LA-0014-0010.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/23/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 534] (2015 WL 3603944) (E.D. La.)
IM-LA-0014-0011.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 06/04/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order and Reasons (2015 WL 7777978) (E.D. La.)
IM-LA-0014-0012.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 12/01/2015
Source: Bloomberg Law
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