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Case Name Rodriguez v. Todd Greiner Farms Packing IM-MI-0008
Docket / Court 1:21-cv-00227-PLM-SJB ( W.D. Mich. )
State/Territory Michigan
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Immigration and/or the Border
Case Summary
The plaintiffs, two farm workers, filed this class action case against a Michigan produce producer in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan on April 20, 2021. Represented by attorneys from the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center and the Sugar Law Center, they alleged that their ... read more >
The plaintiffs, two farm workers, filed this class action case against a Michigan produce producer in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan on April 20, 2021. Represented by attorneys from the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center and the Sugar Law Center, they alleged that their employer violated the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (AWPA) (29 U.S.C. § 1801, et seq) and Michigan state law. According to the plaintiffs, their bosses forced them to work long hours, six or seven days a week, and exposed them to dangerous pesticides. The plaintiffs asked the court to certify a class of people who had worked at a facility operated by the defendants in Jackson, Michigan, as well as declaratory relief, monetary damages and attorneys' fees. The case was assigned to District Judge Paul L. Maloney and, as of September 2021, is being actively litigated.

Jonah Hudson-Erdman - 09/07/2021


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Workers Protection Act, 29 U.S.C. §§ 1801-1871
State law
Defendant(s) Todd Greiner Farms Packing LLC
Plaintiff Description Farm workers who had worked at a facility operated by Todd Greiner Farms Packing in Jackson, Michigan.
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status outcome Pending
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filed 04/20/2021
Case Ongoing Yes
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Court Docket(s)
W.D. Mich.
09/02/2021
1:21-cv-00227-PLM-SJB
IM-MI-0008-9000.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
W.D. Mich.
04/20/2021
Plaintiffs' First Amended Class Action Complaint [ECF# 7]
IM-MI-0008-0001.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Maloney, Paul Lewis (W.D. Mich.) show/hide docs
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