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Case Name Singh v. Signal International, LLC IM-LA-0016
Docket / Court 2:14-cv-00732 ( 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 Oct. 15, 2013, two Indian guestworkers filed suit 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 claimed that they were brought into the United States to provide labor and services to defendant, Signal International, a company providing repairs to offshore oil rigs based in Pascagoula, Mississippi, with operations in the Gulf Coast region. The complaint alleged that plaintiffs paid Signal's recruiters as much as $16,000 for travel, visa, and recruitment fees, but upon arrival in the United States discovered that they would not receive the green cards promised to them. Instead, plaintiffs were forced to pay additional fees ($1,050 per month) to live in racially-segregated labor camps and were subject to squalid living conditions and threats of both legal and physical harm if they complained about the conditions or decided not to provide labor.

Represented by private counsel, plaintiffs alleged violations of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (18 U.S.C. § 1589 et seq.) and the Civil Rights Act of 1866 (42 U.S.C. § 1981), as well as claims for fraud, fraudulent misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation, and breach of contract.

In Mar. 2014, the Court (Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr.) transferred this case to the Eastern District of Louisiana. On Apr. 24, 2014, Judge Susie Morgan ordered that this case be consolidated with the Achari case.

This case continues at the case page for Achari.

Anna Dimon - 05/12/2015
Soojin Cha - 10/30/2016
Ava Morgenstern - 12/02/2017


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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
Fines/Fees/Bail/Bond
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Housing
Racial segregation
Sanitation / living conditions
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
State law
Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), 18 U.S.C. § 1589
Defendant(s) Dewan Consultants
Global Resources, Inc.
Gulf Coast Immigration Law Center
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.)
Docket(s)
2:13-cv-6221 (E.D. La.)
IM-LA-0016-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/24/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
2:13-cv-6218 (E.D. La.)
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Date: 10/25/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint, Demand for Jury Trial [ECF# 1]
IM-LA-0016-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/11/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Transferring Case to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [ECF# 22] (S.D. Miss.)
IM-LA-0016-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/31/2014
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Order [ECF# 307] (37 F.Supp.3d 822) (E.D. La.)
IM-LA-0016-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 08/13/2014
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Order and Opinion (2015 WL 75276) (E.D. La.)
IM-LA-0016-0007.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 01/06/2015
Source: Westlaw
Order [ECF# 444] (E.D. La.)
IM-LA-0016-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/05/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Pre-Trial Order [ECF# 704] (E.D. La.)
IM-LA-0016-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/13/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 710] (2015 WL 7777978) (E.D. La.)
IM-LA-0016-0006.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 12/02/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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