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Case Name Owino et al v. CoreCivic, Inc. IM-CA-0148
Docket / Court 3:17-cv-01112 ( S.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Immigration and/or the Border
Special Collection Immigrant Detention Labor Issues
Case Summary
This entry is a combination of two cases (Owino v. CoreCivic, Inc. and Gonzalez v. CoreCivic, Inc.), which have been effectively combined into one class action.

Owino was filed by former immigration detainees on May 31, 2017 as a putative class action in the U.S. District Court ... read more >
This entry is a combination of two cases (Owino v. CoreCivic, Inc. and Gonzalez v. CoreCivic, Inc.), which have been effectively combined into one class action.

Owino was filed by former immigration detainees on May 31, 2017 as a putative class action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. The plaintiffs sued CoreCivic, Inc. under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) and state law. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, sought declaratory, injunctive, and monetary relief. The plaintiffs alleged that CoreCivic had a practice of paying detainees at the Otay Mesa Detention Center only one dollar a day if they volunteered to perform certain jobs and services. The plaintiffs also alleged that, in other instances, CoreCivic forced detainees to perform various forms of manual labor for no compensation at all.

The defendant moved to dismiss the complaint on August 11, 2017. The defendant alleged that the plaintiff had failed to state a claim under the TVPA for which relief could be granted, and alleged that the plaintiff’s state law claims were preempted by federal law. Pending resolution of a motion to consolidate Gonzalez with Owino, the judge stayed proceedings on February 16, 2018 and deferred ruling on the defendant’s motion to dismiss.

In Gonzalez, immigration detainees sued CoreCivic on December 27, 2017 under the TVPA and state law, alleging substantially the same facts as the plaintiffs in Owino. The plaintiffs, represented by Al Otro Lado and private counsel, sought declaratory, injunctive, and monetary relief. On January 22, 2018, the plaintiffs moved to consolidate the two cases due to legal and factual similarities between them. On February 23, 2018, the plaintiffs in Owino moved to intervene in order to oppose consolidation. The court granted the motion to intervene. On April 4, 2018, the court denied the Gonzalez plaintiffs’ motion to consolidate and stayed the case on grounds that the facts were duplicative of those alleged in Owino. Over a year later, the case is presumably still ongoing pending resolution in Owino.

On May 14, 2018, the judge in Owino lifted the stay and denied the defendant’s motion to dismiss in part, and granted it in part. The plaintiffs’ TVPA claim remained largely intact, and was dismissed only to the extent that it alleged violations of a particular amendment to the TVPA that occurred prior to the amendment’s enactment in December 2008.

While the parties litigated various discovery issues, the plaintiffs filed a First Amended Complaint on October 12, 2018, asserting additional claims of negligence and unjust enrichment against CoreCivic. On April 15, 2019, the plaintiff's requested to certify a class.

On June 5, 2019, the plaintiffs moved for partial summary judgment on its claims under the California Labor Code. But on July 11, 2019, the defendants moved for judgment on the pleadings. The case is ongoing pending the motions for class certification and judgments.

Peter Harding - 10/11/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Corrections
Discrimination-basis
Immigration status
General
Conditions of confinement
Disciplinary procedures
Forced labor
Pattern or Practice
Placement in detention facilities
Immigration/Border
Detention - conditions
Detention - procedures
Employment
Undocumented immigrants - rights and duties
Undocumented immigrants - state and local regulation
National Origin/Ethnicity
Hispanic
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Non-government for profit
Causes of Action State law
Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), 18 U.S.C. § 1589
Defendant(s) CoreCivic, Inc.
Plaintiff Description Immigrant detainees at the Otay Mesa Detention Center who were forced to work for $1 a day.
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Pending
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filing Year 2017
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
3:17-cv-2573 (S.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0148-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/20/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
3:17-cv-1112 (S.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0148-9001.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/07/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint [ECF# 1]
IM-CA-0148-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/31/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendant's Notice of Motion and Motion to Dismiss Complaint [ECF# 18]
IM-CA-0148-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/11/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Complaint [ECF# 1]
IM-CA-0148-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/27/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Staying Case and Deferring Ruling on Motion to Dismiss [ECF# 33] (S.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0148-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/16/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order: (1) Granting Motion for Limited Intervention; (2) Denying as Moot Ex Parte Motion to Shorten Time; (3) Vacating Hearing; and (4) Setting Briefing Schedule [ECF# 36] (2018 WL 1172579) (S.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0148-0002.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 03/06/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order: (1) Denying Motion to Consolidate; and (2) Staying Case [ECF# 44] (2018 WL 1621543) (S.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0148-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 04/04/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting in Part and Denying in Part Defendant's Motion to Dismiss [ECF# 38] (2018 WL 2193644) (S.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0148-0007.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 05/14/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Class Action First Amended Complaint [ECF# 67]
IM-CA-0148-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/12/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Notice of Motion and Motion for Partial Summary Judgment [ECF# 97]
IM-CA-0148-0009.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/05/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Stormes, Nita L. (S.D. Cal.) [Magistrate] show/hide docs
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