Case: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Signal International, LLC

2:12-cv-00557 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

Filed Date: April 20, 2011

Closed Date: Dec. 29, 2016

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Case Summary

This is the second case filed in the Signal International cases.On Apr. 20, 2011, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit against defendant Signal International, LLC, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. The EEOC alleged violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC's allegations of unlawful employment practices and a hostile workplace on the basis of national origin, immigration status, and race stem from a related case,…

This is the second case filed in the Signal International cases.

On Apr. 20, 2011, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit against defendant Signal International, LLC, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. The EEOC alleged violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC's allegations of unlawful employment practices and a hostile workplace on the basis of national origin, immigration status, and race stem from a related case, David v. Signal International, brought against Signal by the guestworkers themselves.

The EEOC alleged that the terms and conditions of the Indian guestworkers' employment were less favorable than their non-Indian counterparts', and that Signal engaged in a pattern or practice of subjecting the Indian workers to a hostile environment and disparate terms and conditions of employment based on their race and national origin. The EEOC sought injunctive relief and monetary awards, including damages for emotional pain and suffering, punitive damages for malicious and reckless conduct, and attorneys' fees.

On Jan. 24, 2012, the Court (Magistrate Judge Robert Walker) granted a motion to intervene by three private plaintiffs who had been subjected to the allegedly unlawful treatment. The plaintiffs then filed a class action complaint, defining the proposed class as "all Indian Workers who paid recruitment fees and/or other amounts to the Recruiters, and who were employed by Signal at any time in 2006, 2007, and/or 2008."

On Feb. 29, 2012, the Court (Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola) granted Signal's motion to transfer the case to the Eastern District of Louisiana on the grounds that this case and David arose from the same conduct, and that the substantive issues and the parties were similar. District Judge Jay Zainey of the Eastern District of Louisiana then denied Signal's motion to consolidate the cases, noting that since the EEOC was a party to this case, it was statutorily entitled to expedited consideration.

On Sept. 10, 2013, Magistrate Judge Daniel Knowles granted the EEOC's motion for a protective order for information related to the immigration history or status of individuals involved in the case. Signal argued it needed the information for impeachment purposes; the court noted that it had already rejected this argument in the David case, and once again barred discovery on the matter.

On Sept. 26, 2013, the Court dismissed the Intervenors' (guestworkers') claim for recovery of recruitment fees. The alleged discriminatory conduct in connection with the recruitment related only to events that occurred outside of the United States and before the Intervenors began to work at Signal's facilities, and the court found that Congress intended to exclude non-citizens located outside the United States from the protection of Title VII. As such, the Intervenors were not covered when they paid the recruitment fee because they were non-citizens and were not working within the United States at the time.

On July 12, 2014, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation denied Signal's motion to transfer all of the cases pending against it to the Eastern District of Louisiana.

On Oct. 14, 2014, the Court denied Signal's motion for interlocutory appeal of the Court's prohibition of discovery on plaintiffs' post-Signal information including immigration status.

Although the Court set a trial date of June 1, 2015, on May 7, 2015, the trial was delayed indefinitely until an appeal on a separate EEOC case, EEOC v. Bass Pro Outdoor World, LLC, could be resolved. Shortly after, on July 12, 2015, Signal filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, putting a further halt on the case proceedings.

In Dec. 2015, the EEOC announced that the parties had reached a settlement for all cases, approved by the bankruptcy court. Signal would pay $5 million to 476 guestworkers through a claims process. All aggrieved individuals included in the litigation could receive relief in spite of the bankruptcy proceedings. Signal's CEO also issued an apology for its conduct.

This case is now closed.

Summary Authors

Anna Dimon (4/17/2015)

Allison Hight (1/15/2016)

Ava Morgenstern (12/1/2017)

Related Cases

David v. Signal International, LLC, Eastern District of Louisiana (2008)

Achari v. Signal International, LLC, Eastern District of Louisiana (2013)

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Samuel v. Signal International, LLC, Eastern District of Texas (2013)

Marimuthu v. Signal International, LLC, Eastern District of Texas (2013)

Chakkiyattil v. Signal International, LLC, Eastern District of Louisiana (2013)

Krishnakutty v. Signal International, LLC, Eastern District of Louisiana (2013)

Meganathan v. Signal International, LLC, Eastern District of Texas (2013)

Kambala v. Signal International, LLC, Eastern District of Texas (2013)

Devassy v. Signal International, LLC, Eastern District of Louisiana (2013)

Singh v. Signal International, LLC, Eastern District of Louisiana (2013)

People

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Judge(s)

Breyer, Charles R. (California)

Guirola, Louis Jr. (Mississippi)

Heyburn, John Gilpin II (Kentucky)

Kaplan, Lewis A. (New York)

Knowles, Daniel E. III (Louisiana)

Morgan, Susie [Sue, Donna] (Louisiana)

Proctor, R. David (Alabama)

Rendell, Marjorie O. (Pennsylvania)

Vance, Sarah S. (Louisiana)

Walker, Robert H. (Mississippi)

Judge(s)

Breyer, Charles R. (California)

Guirola, Louis Jr. (Mississippi)

Heyburn, John Gilpin II (Kentucky)

Kaplan, Lewis A. (New York)

Knowles, Daniel E. III (Louisiana)

Morgan, Susie [Sue, Donna] (Louisiana)

Proctor, R. David (Alabama)

Rendell, Marjorie O. (Pennsylvania)

Vance, Sarah S. (Louisiana)

Walker, Robert H. (Mississippi)

Zainey, Jay C. (Louisiana)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Anderson, Suzanne M. (Texas)

Bean, Julie Steptoe (Alabama)

Bedi, Sheila A. (Mississippi)

Belway, Shakti (Louisiana)

Canino, Robert Anthony (Texas)

Clark, Joel P. (Texas)

Guerrier, Charles (Alabama)

Jones, Anica C. (Tennessee)

Kopka, Ylda Marisol (Alabama)

Lee, James E. (District of Columbia)

Lopez, P. David (District of Columbia)

Miller, Gerald L (Alabama)

Murray, Steven Lee (Alabama)

Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)

Rucker, Marsha Lynn (Alabama)

Shepard, Meghan L. (Texas)

Smith, C. Emanuel (Alabama)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Bollman, Patricia Anne F. (Louisiana)

Cornblatt, James L. (Louisiana)

Gianna, Dominic Joseph (Louisiana)

Hangartner, Erin Casey (Louisiana)

Hasenkampf, Mitchell P. (Louisiana)

Rabbani, Elham (Louisiana)

Roux, Brian C. (Louisiana)

Rydberg, Lance R. (Louisiana)

Ungar, Hal D. (Louisiana)

Weinberger, Alan Dean (Louisiana)

Other Attorney(s)

Bhatnagar, Chandra S. (New York)

Bjarnson, Joseph (New York)

Fritzsche, Thomas P. (Georgia)

Hellman, Eden B. (Louisiana)

Howard, Alan B. (New York)

Sandler, Hugh (New York)

Stewart, Meredith B. (Louisiana)

Suriyopas, Ivy O. (New York)

Tsu, Naomi Ruth (Georgia)

Werner, Daniel (Georgia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

2:12-cv-00557

Docket

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Signal International LLC

Feb. 26, 2015

Feb. 26, 2015

Docket

2:12-cv-00557

Docket [PACER]

Dec. 29, 2016

Dec. 29, 2016

Docket
1

2:12-cv-00557

Nature of the Action

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi

April 20, 2011

April 20, 2011

Complaint
44

2:12-cv-00557

Order Granting Motion to Intervene

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi

2012 WL 208864, 2012 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 7615

Jan. 24, 2012

Jan. 24, 2012

Order/Opinion
45

2:12-cv-00557

Class Complaint in Intervention

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi

Feb. 3, 2012

Feb. 3, 2012

Complaint
52

2:12-cv-00557

Order Granting Motion to Transfer

Equal Employment opportunity Commission v. Signal International, LLC

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi

Feb. 29, 2012

Feb. 29, 2012

Order/Opinion
93

2:12-cv-00557

Order

April 2, 2012

April 2, 2012

Order/Opinion
153

2:12-cv-00557

First Amended Complaint

Aug. 2, 2012

Aug. 2, 2012

Complaint
179

2:12-cv-00557

Proposed First Amended Complaint in Intervention

Oct. 15, 2012

Oct. 15, 2012

Complaint
194

2:12-cv-00557

Order and Reasons

2013 WL 2181293

May 20, 2013

May 20, 2013

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/5059925/equal-employment-opportunity-commission-v-signal-international-llc/

Last updated Aug. 2, 2022, 3:19 a.m.

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COMPLAINT with Jury Demand against Signal International, LLC, filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(avm) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 04/20/2011)

1 Civil Cover Sheet

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April 20, 2011

April 20, 2011

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MOTION to Intervene by Sabulal Vijayan, Jacob Joseph Kadakkarappally, Kurian David (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A: Vijayan and Kadakkarappally EEOC Cause Determinations, # 2 Exhibit Proposed Class Complaint in Intervention)(Bedi, Sheila) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 05/06/2011)

1 Exhibit A: Vijayan and Kadakkarappally EEOC Cause Determinations

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2 Exhibit Proposed Class Complaint in Intervention

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May 6, 2011

May 6, 2011

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MEMORANDUM in Support re 2 MOTION to Intervene filed by Kurian David, Jacob Joseph Kadakkarappally, Sabulal Vijayan (Bedi, Sheila) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 05/06/2011)

May 6, 2011

May 6, 2011

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MOTION for Daniel Werner to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Kurian David, Jacob Joseph Kadakkarappally, Sabulal Vijayan (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Certificates of Good Standing (GA and NY))(Bedi, Sheila) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 05/06/2011)

1 Exhibit Certificates of Good Standing (GA and NY)

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May 6, 2011

May 6, 2011

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MOTION for Naomi Tsu to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Kurian David, Jacob Joseph Kadakkarappally, Sabulal Vijayan (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Certificates of Good Standing (GA and CA))(Bedi, Sheila) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 05/06/2011)

1 Exhibit Certificates of Good Standing (GA and CA)

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May 6, 2011

May 6, 2011

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MOTION for Thomas P. Fritzsche to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Kurian David, Jacob Joseph Kadakkarappally, Sabulal Vijayan (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing (GA))(Bedi, Sheila) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 05/06/2011)

1 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing (GA)

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May 6, 2011

May 6, 2011

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MOTION for Alan B. Howard to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Kurian David, Jacob Joseph Kadakkarappally, Sabulal Vijayan (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing (NY))(Bedi, Sheila) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 05/06/2011)

1 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing (NY)

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May 6, 2011

May 6, 2011

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MOTION for Hugh D. Sandler to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Kurian David, Jacob Joseph Kadakkarappally, Sabulal Vijayan (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing (NY))(Bedi, Sheila) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 05/06/2011)

1 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing (NY)

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May 6, 2011

May 6, 2011

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9

MOTION for Joseph R. Bjarnson to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Kurian David, Jacob Joseph Kadakkarappally, Sabulal Vijayan (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing (NY))(Bedi, Sheila) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 05/06/2011)

1 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing (NY)

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May 6, 2011

May 6, 2011

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10

MOTION for Chandra S. Bhatnagar to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Kurian David, Jacob Joseph Kadakkarappally, Sabulal Vijayan (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing (NY))(Bedi, Sheila) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 05/06/2011)

1 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing (NY)

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May 6, 2011

May 6, 2011

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11

MOTION for Ivy Suriyopas to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Kurian David, Jacob Joseph Kadakkarappally, Sabulal Vijayan (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing (NY))(Bedi, Sheila) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 05/06/2011)

1 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing (NY)

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May 6, 2011

May 6, 2011

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12

ORDER granting 4 Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice; granting 5 Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice; granting 6 Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice; granting 7 Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice; granting 8 Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice; granting 9 Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice; granting 10 Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice; granting 11 Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice. Signed by Magistrate Judge Robert H. Walker on May 9, 2011 (King, Steve) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 05/09/2011)

May 9, 2011

May 9, 2011

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13

NOTICE of Appearance by Charles E. Guerrier on behalf of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Guerrier, Charles) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 05/19/2011)

May 19, 2011

May 19, 2011

PACER
14

MEMORANDUM in Opposition re 2 MOTION to Intervene filed by Signal International, LLC (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D)(Ungar, Hal) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 05/24/2011)

1 Exhibit A

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2 Exhibit B

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3 Exhibit C

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4 Exhibit D

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May 24, 2011

May 24, 2011

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15

NOTICE of Mailing of Waiver of Service to Defendant by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Murray, Steven) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 05/25/2011)

May 25, 2011

May 25, 2011

PACER
16

NOTICE of Appearance by Anica Clarissa Conner on behalf of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Conner, Anica) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 05/25/2011)

May 25, 2011

May 25, 2011

PACER
17

REQUEST FOR WAIVER of Service sent to Signal International, c/o CT Corporation System, 645 Lakeland East Drive, Suite 101, Flowood, MS 39232 on May 20, 2011 by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Waiver of Service due by 6/22/2011 (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Ex. A, pp. 1-3)(Murray, Steven) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 05/26/2011)

1 Exhibit Ex. A, pp. 1-3

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May 26, 2011

May 26, 2011

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18

NOTICE of Appearance by Hal D. Ungar on behalf of Signal International, LLC (Ungar, Hal) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 05/26/2011)

May 26, 2011

May 26, 2011

PACER
19

Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to 2 MOTION to Intervene by Kurian David, Jacob Joseph Kadakkarappally, Sabulal Vijayan (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Werner - PHV, Daniel) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 05/26/2011)

1 Proposed Order

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May 26, 2011

May 26, 2011

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20

NOTICE of Appearance by Julie Steptoe Bean on behalf of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Bean, Julie) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 05/27/2011)

May 27, 2011

May 27, 2011

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21

NOTICE of Filing of Return of Service by Kurian David, Jacob Joseph Kadakkarappally, Sabulal Vijayan (Fritzsche - PHV, Thomas) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 06/10/2011)

June 10, 2011

June 10, 2011

PACER
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Rebuttal re 14 Memorandum in Opposition to Motion, 2 MOTION to Intervene filed by Kurian David, Jacob Joseph Kadakkarappally, Sabulal Vijayan (Fritzsche - PHV, Thomas) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 06/14/2011)

June 14, 2011

June 14, 2011

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WAIVER OF SERVICE Returned Executed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Signal International, LLC waiver sent on 5/20/2011, answer due 7/19/2011. (Murray, Steven) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 07/10/2011)

July 10, 2011

July 10, 2011

PACER
24

MOTION for More Definite Statement Under Rule 12(e) by Signal International, LLC (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support)(Ungar, Hal) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 07/19/2011)

1 Memorandum in Support

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July 19, 2011

July 19, 2011

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MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT re 24 MOTION for More Definite Statement Under Rule 12(e) filed by Signal International, LLC (Ungar, Hal) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 07/20/2011)

July 20, 2011

July 20, 2011

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26

MOTION to Stay Case and Transfer Pursuant to the First-Filed Rule by Signal International, LLC (Ungar, Hal). Added MOTION to Change Venue on 7/25/2011 (avm). [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 07/22/2011)

July 22, 2011

July 22, 2011

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27

MEMORANDUM in Support re 26 MOTION to Stay Case and Transfer Pursuant to the First-Filed Rule filed by Signal International, LLC (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D)(Ungar, Hal) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 07/22/2011)

1 Exhibit A

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4 Exhibit D

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July 22, 2011

July 22, 2011

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28

MEMORANDUM in Opposition re 24 MOTION for More Definite Statement Under Rule 12(e) filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Guerrier, Charles) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 08/01/2011)

Aug. 1, 2011

Aug. 1, 2011

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RESPONSE in Opposition re 26 MOTION to Stay Case and Transfer Pursuant to the First-Filed Rule MOTION to Change Venue filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Guerrier, Charles) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 08/05/2011)

Aug. 5, 2011

Aug. 5, 2011

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30

REPLY to Response to Motion re 28 Memorandum in Opposition to Motion for More Definite Statement filed by Signal International, LLC (Ungar, Hal) Modified on 8/9/2011 to add document link to original motion 24 (avm). [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 08/08/2011)

Aug. 8, 2011

Aug. 8, 2011

PACER
31

MOTION to Strike 30 Reply to Response to Motion for a More Definite Statement by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Bean, Julie) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 08/11/2011)

Aug. 11, 2011

Aug. 11, 2011

PACER
32

MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT re 31 MOTION to Strike 30 Reply to Response to Motion for a More Definite Statement filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Bean, Julie) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 08/11/2011)

Aug. 11, 2011

Aug. 11, 2011

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REPLY to Response to Motion re 26 MOTION to Stay Case and Transfer Pursuant to the First-Filed Rule MOTION to Change Venue filed by Signal International, LLC (Ungar, Hal) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 08/12/2011)

Aug. 12, 2011

Aug. 12, 2011

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MOTION to Strike 33 Reply to Response to Motion to Stay or Transfer by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Guerrier, Charles) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 08/18/2011)

Aug. 18, 2011

Aug. 18, 2011

PACER
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MEMORANDUM in Support re 34 MOTION to Strike 33 Reply to Response to Motion to Stay or Transfer filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Guerrier, Charles) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 08/18/2011)

Aug. 18, 2011

Aug. 18, 2011

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MEMORANDUM in Opposition re 31 MOTION to Strike 30 Reply to Response to Motion for a More Definite Statement filed by Signal International, LLC (Ungar, Hal) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 08/24/2011)

Aug. 24, 2011

Aug. 24, 2011

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REPLY to Response to Motion re 31 MOTION to Strike 30 Reply to Response to Motion to Stay or Transfer, 36 Memorandum in Opposition to Motion for a More Definitive Statement filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Bean, Julie) Modified on 8/31/2011 to correct document linkage to motion #31 to strike #30(avm). [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 08/31/2011)

Aug. 31, 2011

Aug. 31, 2011

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MEMORANDUM in Opposition re 34 MOTION to Strike 33 Reply to Response to Motion to Stay or Transfer filed by Signal International, LLC (Ungar, Hal) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 08/31/2011)

Aug. 31, 2011

Aug. 31, 2011

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REPLY to Response to Motion re 34 MOTION to Strike 33 Reply to Response to Motion to Stay or Transfer filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Guerrier, Charles) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 09/07/2011)

Sept. 7, 2011

Sept. 7, 2011

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NOTICE of Appearance by Marsha Lynn Rucker on behalf of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Rucker, Marsha) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 11/02/2011)

Nov. 2, 2011

Nov. 2, 2011

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** DISREGARD - SEE DOCKET ENTRY #42 ** MEMORANDUM in Opposition re 26 MOTION to Stay Case and Transfer Pursuant to the First-Filed Rule MOTION to Change Venue Supplemental Authority filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Order in David v. Signal)(Guerrier, Charles) Modified on 1/5/2012 (avm). [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 01/04/2012)

1 Exhibit Order in David v. Signal

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Jan. 4, 2012

Jan. 4, 2012

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NOTICE of supplemental authority by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission re 26 MOTION to Stay Case and Transfer Pursuant to the First-Filed Rule MOTION to Change Venue (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Supplemental Authority)(Guerrier, Charles) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 01/05/2012)

1 Exhibit Supplemental Authority

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Jan. 5, 2012

Jan. 5, 2012

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MEMORANDUM IN OPPOSITION re 42 Notice (Other), Notice (Other) filed by Signal International, LLC (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Ungar, Hal) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 01/06/2012)

1 Exhibit A

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Jan. 6, 2012

Jan. 6, 2012

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ORDER granting 2 Motion to Intervene. Signed by Magistrate Judge Robert H. Walker on January 24, 2012 (King, Steve) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 01/24/2012)

Jan. 24, 2012

Jan. 24, 2012

RECAP
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Intervenor COMPLAINT, filed by Sabulal Vijayan, Jacob Joseph Kadakkarappally, Kurian David.(Fritzsche - PHV, Thomas) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 02/03/2012)

Feb. 3, 2012

Feb. 3, 2012

RECAP
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MOTION to Compel by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Rucker, Marsha) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 02/15/2012)

Feb. 15, 2012

Feb. 15, 2012

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MEMORANDUM in Support re 46 MOTION to Compel filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A-E correspondences between EEOC and Signal re: initial disclosures)(Rucker, Marsha) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 02/15/2012)

1 Exhibit A-E correspondences between EEOC and Signal re: initial disclosures

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Feb. 15, 2012

Feb. 15, 2012

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MOTION to Withdraw as Attorney by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Guerrier, Charles) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 02/23/2012)

Feb. 23, 2012

Feb. 23, 2012

PACER
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RESPONSE in Support re 46 MOTION to Compel filed by Kurian David, Jacob Joseph Kadakkarappally, Sabulal Vijayan (Fritzsche - PHV, Thomas) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 02/23/2012)

Feb. 23, 2012

Feb. 23, 2012

PACER
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MOTION for More Definite Statement Under Rule 12(e), or in the alternative, Motion for Partial Dismissal Under Rule 12(b)(6) of Intervenors' Complaint by Signal International, LLC (Ungar, Hal) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 02/24/2012)

Feb. 24, 2012

Feb. 24, 2012

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MEMORANDUM in Support re 50 MOTION for More Definite Statement Under Rule 12(e), or in the alternative, Motion for Partial Dismissal Under Rule 12(b)(6) of Intervenors' Complaint filed by Signal International, LLC (Ungar, Hal) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 02/24/2012)

Feb. 24, 2012

Feb. 24, 2012

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ORDER granting 26 Motion to Transfer this matter to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana; denying 34 Motion to Strike as moot. Signed by Chief District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr on 2/29/12 (PKS) [Transferred from mssd on 3/1/2012.] (Entered: 02/29/2012)

Feb. 29, 2012

Feb. 29, 2012

PACER
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Case transferred in from District of Mississippi Southern; Case Number 1:11-cv-00179. Electronic file certified copy of transfer order and docket sheet received (jtd) (Entered: 03/01/2012)

March 1, 2012

March 1, 2012

PACER
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Notice of Related Case(s) 08-cv-01220 of Possible Collateral Proceeding by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Rucker, Marsha) Modified text on 3/5/2012 (mm, ). (Entered: 03/02/2012)

March 2, 2012

March 2, 2012

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**DEFICIENT**NOTICE of Appearance by Eden B. Heilman on behalf of Kurian David, Jacob Joseph Kadakkarappally, Sabulal Vijayan. (Heilman, Eden) Modified on 3/5/2012 (mm, ). (Entered: 03/02/2012)

March 2, 2012

March 2, 2012

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**DEFICIENT**Notice of Related Case(s) pursuant to Local Civil Rule 3.1 by Kurian David, Jacob Joseph Kadakkarappally, Sabulal Vijayan of related case(s) 08-cv-01220. (Heilman, Eden) Modified on 3/5/2012 (mm, ). (Entered: 03/02/2012)

March 2, 2012

March 2, 2012

PACER
57

Correction of Docket Entry by Clerk re 54 Notice (Other). **Filing attorney selected incorrect event. Correct event is Notice of Related Case. Clerk took corrective action by either changing the event.** (mm, ) (Entered: 03/05/2012)

March 5, 2012

March 5, 2012

PACER
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Notice of Related Case(s) by Signal International, LLC of related case(s) 08-1220. (Ungar, Hal) Modified case info on 3/6/2012 (mm, ). (Entered: 03/05/2012)

March 5, 2012

March 5, 2012

PACER
59

Notice of Related Case(s) by Kurian David, Jacob Joseph Kadakkarappally, Sabulal Vijayan of related case(s) 08-1220. (Werner, Daniel) (Entered: 03/05/2012)

March 5, 2012

March 5, 2012

PACER
60

Correction of Docket Entry by Clerk re 58 Notice of Related Case(s). **Filing attorney entered incorrect case number for related case. Clerk corrected info. No further action necessary.** (mm, ) (Entered: 03/06/2012)

March 6, 2012

March 6, 2012

PACER
61

ORDER TRANSFERRING CASE. Case transferred to Judge Jay C. Zainey for all further proceedings. Judge Helen G. Berrigan no longer assigned to case. Signed by Judge Helen G. Berrigan on 3/2/12.(plh, )(NEF: County, DEK) (Entered: 03/06/2012)

March 6, 2012

March 6, 2012

PACER
62

EXPARTE/CONSENT MOTION to Enroll as Counsel of Record by Kurian David, Jacob Joseph Kadakkarappally, Sabulal Vijayan. Motion(s) referred to Daniel E. Knowles, III. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order Enrolling Eden Heilman as Counsel for Plaintiff-Intervenors)(Heilman, Eden) Modified on 3/12/2012 to edit text (rll, ). (Entered: 03/09/2012)

1 Proposed Order Enrolling Eden Heilman as Counsel for Plaintiff-In

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March 9, 2012

March 9, 2012

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63

ORDER granting 62 Motion to Enroll as Counsel of Record. Signed by Magistrate Judge Daniel E. Knowles, III on 3/12/2012. (mm, ) (Entered: 03/12/2012)

March 12, 2012

March 12, 2012

PACER
64

MOTION to Deny consolidation by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Motion set for 3/28/2012 09:00 AM before Judge Jay C. Zainey. (Attachments: # 1 Notice of Submission)(Rucker, Marsha) Modified on 3/13/2012 (gbw, ). (Additional attachment(s) added on 3/13/2012: # 2 Memorandum in Support) (gbw, ). Modified on 3/13/2012 (gbw, ). (Entered: 03/12/2012)

1 Notice of Submission (Civil Only)

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March 12, 2012

March 12, 2012

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65

ERROR: FILED AS A SEPARATE DOCUMENT** RESPONSE/MEMORANDUM in Support filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission re 64 MOTION Deny consolidation. (Rucker, Marsha) Modified on 3/13/2012 (gbw, ). (Entered: 03/12/2012)

March 12, 2012

March 12, 2012

PACER
66

ERROR: SEE DOC. #63** NOTICE of Appearance by Eden B. Heilman on behalf of Kurian David, Jacob Joseph Kadakkarappally, Sabulal Vijayan. (Heilman, Eden) Modified on 3/13/2012 (gbw, ). Modified on 3/13/2012 (gbw, ). (Entered: 03/12/2012)

March 12, 2012

March 12, 2012

PACER
67

EXPARTE/CONSENT MOTION to Appear Pro Hac Vice as to Thomas Fritzsche. (Filing fee $ 100 receipt number 053L-3428341) by Kurian David, Jacob Joseph Kadakkarappally, Sabulal Vijayan. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing, # 2 Affidavit Declaration of Thomas Fritzsche, # 3 Proposed Order Proposed Order)(Heilman, Eden) Modified on 3/13/2012 (gbw, ). (Entered: 03/12/2012)

1 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing

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2 Affidavit Declaration of Thomas Fritzsche

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3 Proposed Order Proposed Order

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March 12, 2012

March 12, 2012

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68

RESPONSE/MEMORANDUM in Opposition filed by Kurian David, Jacob Joseph Kadakkarappally, Sabulal Vijayan re 50 MOTION for More Definite Statement Under Rule 12(e), or in the alternative, Motion for Partial Dismissal Under Rule 12(b)(6) of Intervenors' Complaint. (Heilman, Eden) (Entered: 03/12/2012)

March 12, 2012

March 12, 2012

PACER
69

Correction of Docket Entry by Clerk re 65 Response/Memorandum in Support of Motion. Document was incorrectly filed as a separate document instead of an attachment to document #64. Clerk took corrective action. No further action is needed. (gbw, ) (Entered: 03/13/2012)

March 13, 2012

March 13, 2012

PACER
70

Correction of Docket Entry by Clerk re 66 Notice of Appearance. A deficiency notice was previously sent to refile as a motion & order. Per Doc. #62 & #63, the motion & order was already granted. Notice of appearance was not necessary. No further action is necessary. (gbw, ) (Entered: 03/13/2012)

March 13, 2012

March 13, 2012

PACER
71

Correction of Docket Entry by Clerk re 67 MOTION to Appear Pro Hac Vice as to Thomas Fritzsche (Filing fee $ 100 receipt number 053L-3428341)Document contains incorrect Section. All future pleadings must reflect Section A (Jay C. Zainey) and Magistrate Judge 3 (Daniel E. Knowles, III).(gbw, ) (Entered: 03/13/2012)

March 13, 2012

March 13, 2012

PACER
72

ORDER In light of the potential overlap between the discrimination claims brought in this lawsuit and in Civil Action 08-1220, the Plaintiffs in this matter, including the EEOC, are ORDERED to participate in the 08-1220 settlement conference with Magistrate Judge Knowles scheduled for 4/3/12 10:00 AM in New Orleans. Signed by Judge Jay C. Zainey.(jrc, ) (Entered: 03/13/2012)

March 13, 2012

March 13, 2012

PACER
73

ORDER Settlement Conference set for 4/3/2012 10:00 AM before Magistrate Judge Daniel E. Knowles III.Signed by Magistrate Judge Daniel E. Knowles, III.(mm, ) (Entered: 03/13/2012)

March 13, 2012

March 13, 2012

PACER
74

Order Vacating Case Referral to Magistrate Judge Daniel E. Knowles, III. Signed by Judge Jay C. Zainey on 3/13/2012.(gbw, )(NEF: MJ Knowles) (Entered: 03/13/2012)

March 13, 2012

March 13, 2012

PACER
75

ORDER granting 48 Motion to Withdraw as Attorney. Attorney Charles E. Guerrier terminated. Signed by Judge Jay C. Zainey on 3/14/2012. (gbw, ) (Entered: 03/14/2012)

March 14, 2012

March 14, 2012

PACER
76

ORDER granting 67 Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice as to Thomas Fritzsche. Signed by Judge Jay C. Zainey on 3/14/2012(gbw, ) (Entered: 03/14/2012)

March 14, 2012

March 14, 2012

PACER
77

ORDER denying 24 Motion for More Definite Statement; denying as moot 31 Motion to Strike ; denying 50 Motion for More Definite Statement. Deadlines set herein. Signed by Judge Jay C. Zainey. (jrc, ) (Entered: 03/16/2012)

March 16, 2012

March 16, 2012

PACER
78

ORDER Briefing Schedule. Signed by Judge Jay C. Zainey.(jrc, ) (Entered: 03/16/2012)

March 16, 2012

March 16, 2012

PACER
79

NOTICE of Appearance by Steven Lee Murray on behalf of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Murray, Steven) Modified on 3/22/2012 (gbw, ). (acceptable per case mgr.) (Entered: 03/21/2012)

March 21, 2012

March 21, 2012

PACER
80

DEFICIENT** NOTICE of Appearance by Gerald L Miller on behalf of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Miller, Gerald) Modified on 3/23/2012 (gbw, ). (Entered: 03/22/2012)

March 22, 2012

March 22, 2012

PACER
81

Memorandum by Signal International, LLC re 78 Order in Support of Consolidation of David and This Case and Opposing Plaintiff's Motion to Deny Consolidation (Ungar, Hal) (Entered: 03/23/2012)

March 23, 2012

March 23, 2012

PACER
82

Memorandum by Kurian David, Jacob Joseph Kadakkarappally, Sabulal Vijayan re 78 Order in Opposition of Consolidation of the David and EEOC Cases and in Support of the Commission's Motion to Deny Consolidation (Fritzsche, Thomas) (Entered: 03/23/2012)

March 23, 2012

March 23, 2012

PACER
83

Supplemental Memorandum filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, re 78 Order in Support of 64 MOTION Deny consolidation. (Bean, Julie) Modified on 3/26/2012 (gbw, ). (Entered: 03/23/2012)

March 23, 2012

March 23, 2012

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84

EXPARTE/CONSENT MOTION to Appear as Counsel of Record by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order, # 2 Exhibit)(Miller, Gerald) (Entered: 03/26/2012)

1 Proposed Order

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2 Exhibit

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March 26, 2012

March 26, 2012

PACER
85

Response/Reply by Signal International, LLC Supporting Consolidation re 78 Order (Ungar, Hal) Modified on 3/28/2012 (gbw, ). (Entered: 03/27/2012)

March 27, 2012

March 27, 2012

PACER
86

Response/Reply by Kurian David, Jacob Joseph Kadakkarappally, Sabulal Vijayan Opposing Consolidation re 78 Order. (Fritzsche, Thomas) Modified on 3/28/2012 (gbw, ). (Entered: 03/27/2012)

March 27, 2012

March 27, 2012

PACER
87

ORDER granting 84 Motion to Appear as Additional Counsel Gerald L. Miller. Signed by Judge Jay C. Zainey on 3/27/2012. (gbw, ) (Entered: 03/28/2012)

March 28, 2012

March 28, 2012

PACER
88

EXPARTE/CONSENT MOTION to Enroll as Counsel of Record Meredith Stewart by Kurian David, Jacob Joseph Kadakkarappally, Sabulal Vijayan. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Stewart, Meredith) (Entered: 03/29/2012)

1 Proposed Order

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March 29, 2012

March 29, 2012

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89

RESPONSE/MEMORANDUM in Opposition filed by Signal International, LLC re 46 MOTION to Compel Initial Disclosures. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B)(Ungar, Hal) (Entered: 03/30/2012)

1 Exhibit A

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2 Exhibit B

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March 30, 2012

March 30, 2012

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90

ANSWER to 45 Intervenor Complaint with Jury Demand of Signal International, LLC, THIRD PARTY COMPLAINT with Jury Demand against Global Resources, Inc., Scottsdale Insurance Company by Signal International, LLC.(Ungar, Hal) (Entered: 03/30/2012)

March 30, 2012

March 30, 2012

PACER
91

ANSWER to 1 Complaint with Jury Demand by Signal International, LLC.(Ungar, Hal) (Entered: 03/30/2012)

March 30, 2012

March 30, 2012

PACER
92

ORDER granting 88 Motion to Enroll Meredith Stewart as Counsel of Record. Signed by Judge Jay C. Zainey on 3/30/2012. (tsf, ) (Entered: 04/02/2012)

April 2, 2012

April 2, 2012

PACER
93

ORDER granting 64 Motion to Deny Consolidation, as stated herein. Signed by Judge Jay C. Zainey on 4/2/2012. (tsf, ) (Entered: 04/02/2012)

April 2, 2012

April 2, 2012

RECAP
94

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Daniel E. Knowles, III: Settlement Conference held on 4/3/2012. (mm, ) (Entered: 04/03/2012)

April 3, 2012

April 3, 2012

PACER
95

ORDER REASSIGNING CASE. Case reassigned to Judge Susie Morgan for all further proceedings. Judge Jay C. Zainey no longer assigned to case. Signed by Judge Jay C. Zainey on 4/4/2012.(gbw, )(NEF: MJ Knowles) (Entered: 04/05/2012)

April 5, 2012

April 5, 2012

PACER
96

EXPARTE/CONSENT MOTION to Enroll as Counsel of Record Dominic J. Gianna, Erin Casey Hangartner, Alan Dean Weinberger and Elham R. Rabbani by Signal International, LLC. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Ungar, Hal) (Entered: 04/11/2012)

1 Proposed Order

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April 11, 2012

April 11, 2012

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97

ORDER granting 96 Motion to Enroll as Counsel of Record for Attorney Erin Casey Hangartner,Dominic Joseph Gianna,Elham Rabbani,Alan Dean Weinberger for Signal International, LLC. Signed by Judge Susie Morgan on 4/12/2012. (clm, ) (Entered: 04/13/2012)

April 13, 2012

April 13, 2012

PACER
98

EXPARTE/CONSENT MOTION to Appear Pro Hac Vice Daniel Werner (Filing fee $ 100 receipt number 053L-3471040) by Kurian David, Jacob Joseph Kadakkarappally, Sabulal Vijayan. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order, # 2 Certificate of Good Standing, # 3 Declaration of Daniel Werner)(Stewart, Meredith) (Entered: 04/13/2012)

1 Proposed Order

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2 Certificate of Good Standing

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3 Declaration of Daniel Werner

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April 13, 2012

April 13, 2012

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99

EXPARTE/CONSENT MOTION to Appear Pro Hac Vice for Alan Howard (Filing fee $ 100 receipt number 053L-3473915) by Kurian David, Jacob Joseph Kadakkarappally, Sabulal Vijayan. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit, # 2 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing, # 3 Proposed Order)(Stewart, Meredith) Modified text on 4/17/2012 (clm, ). (Entered: 04/16/2012)

1 Affidavit

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2 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing

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3 Proposed Order

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April 16, 2012

April 16, 2012

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100

EXPARTE/CONSENT MOTION to Appear Pro Hac Vice for Hugh Sandler (Filing fee $ 100 receipt number 053L-3473916) by Kurian David, Jacob Joseph Kadakkarappally, Sabulal Vijayan. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration, # 2 Certificate of Good Standing, # 3 Proposed Order)(Stewart, Meredith) Modified text on 4/17/2012 (clm, ). (Entered: 04/16/2012)

1 Declaration

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2 Certificate of Good Standing

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3 Proposed Order

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April 16, 2012

April 16, 2012

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Case Details

State / Territory: Louisiana

Case Type(s):

Immigration and/or the Border

Special Collection(s):

Signal International Guest Worker Cases

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: April 20, 2011

Closing Date: Dec. 29, 2016

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

EEOC

Plaintiff Type(s):

EEOC Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

EEOC

Southern Poverty Law Center

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Signal International, Inc. (Pascagoula), Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Monetary Relief

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Private Settlement Agreement

Amount Defendant Pays: 5,000,000

Issues

General:

Bathing and hygiene

Disparate Treatment

Food service / nutrition / hydration

Housing

Loss or damage to property

Pattern or Practice

Racial segregation

Retaliation

Sanitation / living conditions

Totality of conditions

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

Race:

Asian/Pacific Islander

Type of Facility:

Non-government for profit

EEOC-centric:

Private Party intervened in EEOC suit

Immigration/Border:

Employer sanctions

Employment

Immigration lawyers

Temporary foreign workers program

U.S. citizenship - acquiring

National Origin/Ethnicity:

Indian