Case: Krishnakutty v. Signal International, LLC

2:13-cv-06220 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

Filed Date: Aug. 7, 2013

Closed Date: Oct. 1, 2018

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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.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, Dav…

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.

Summary Authors

Anna Dimon (5/12/2015)

Allison Hight (3/27/2016)

Ava Morgenstern (12/1/2017)

Related Cases

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

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Signal International, LLC, Eastern District of Louisiana (2011)

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

People

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Judge(s)

Guirola, Louis Jr. (Mississippi)

Knowles, Daniel E. III (Louisiana)

Morgan, Susie [Sue, Donna] (Louisiana)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Abdelkarim, Mostafa M. (District of Columbia)

Adams, Daniel D. (New York)

Aiello, Justin P. (Florida)

Alshak, Ryan J. (California)

Arvelo, Jose E. (District of Columbia)

Asher, Joshua D. (District of Columbia)

Baker, H. Gregory (New York)

Judge(s)

Guirola, Louis Jr. (Mississippi)

Knowles, Daniel E. III (Louisiana)

Morgan, Susie [Sue, Donna] (Louisiana)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Abdelkarim, Mostafa M. (District of Columbia)

Adams, Daniel D. (New York)

Aiello, Justin P. (Florida)

Alshak, Ryan J. (California)

Arvelo, Jose E. (District of Columbia)

Asher, Joshua D. (District of Columbia)

Baker, H. Gregory (New York)

Batchelor, Craig Alan (New York)

Beaudette, Katelyn M. (New York)

Beckles, Tricia (New York)

Bhargava, Michael (District of Columbia)

Blechman, Michael (New York)

Blum, Ronald G. (New York)

Broad, Eric Marshall (New York)

Bullerman, Michael S. (New York)

Byrd, Sibyl C. (Mississippi)

Campbell, Benton J (New York)

Capasso, Daniele J. (District of Columbia)

Case, Andrew (New York)

Chandrika, Sarah C. (New York)

Chatham, Asra A. (Florida)

Chen, Eric B. (California)

Churchill, Mark H. (District of Columbia)

Clark, Scott W. (Texas)

Colby, Eben P. (Massachusetts)

Copley, Steven W. (Louisiana)

Diaz, Sadie Holzman (New York)

Elman, Jeremy (Florida)

Fabrikant, Robert (District of Columbia)

Grabill, Meredith S. (Louisiana)

Greenberg, Jennifer (New York)

Grimsal, A. Gregory (Louisiana)

Harris, Christopher R. (New York)

Howard, Jacob W. (Mississippi)

Johnson, Danielle E. (District of Columbia)

Kanny, Matthew P. (California)

Kline, Robert M. (Florida)

Krumm, Marissa C. (Florida)

Lacks, Jeremy R. (New York)

Low, John C. (Texas)

Lugerner, Andrew Richard (New York)

McDuff, Robert B. (Mississippi)

Mehta, Mona (District of Columbia)

Parver, Jane W. (New York)

Plexousakis, Renee E. (New York)

Raptis, Stephen T. (District of Columbia)

Rheinheimer, Christopher A. (California)

Romey, Michael A. (California)

Rosenbaum, Yonina (New York)

Rostoker, Jessica D. (New York)

Rowen, Zachary L. (New York)

Rowland, Elizabeth C. (New York)

Ruthberg, Miles N. (New York)

Safane, Aaron M. (New York)

Salerno, Matthew S. (New York)

Sherman, Randolph S. (New York)

Simshauser, Peter (Massachusetts)

Soule, Rebekah L. (New York)

Spears, Steven G. (Texas)

Sprague, Ashley M. (District of Columbia)

Stewart, Meredith B. (Louisiana)

Szivos, Thomas J. (New York)

Taffet, Eric. L. (New York)

Uhlemann, Justin B. (Florida)

Upshaw, Anthony N. (Florida)

Wahlquist, Grant F. (New York)

Walker, Jacob A. (Massachusetts)

Walsh, Michael R. (Massachusetts)

Werner, Daniel (Georgia)

Wilkinson, Kirk A. (California)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Bollman, Patricia Anne F. (Louisiana)

Buras, Daniel Edwin Jr. (Louisiana)

Carlisle, Arthur D. (Mississippi)

Cerniglia, Timothy W. (Louisiana)

Cornblatt, James L. (Louisiana)

Davis, Lauren Masur (Louisiana)

Gianna, Dominic Joseph (Louisiana)

Hangartner, Erin Casey (Louisiana)

Hasenkampf, Mitchell P. (Louisiana)

Keller, Robert Louis (Louisiana)

Rabbani, Elham (Louisiana)

Roux, Brian C. (Louisiana)

Rydberg, Lance R. (Louisiana)

Shapiro, Stephen H. (Louisiana)

Ungar, Hal D. (Louisiana)

Weinberger, Alan Dean (Louisiana)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket

Krishnakutty v. Signal International LLC

Oct. 24, 2013 Docket

Docket [PACER]

Achari v. Signal International, LLC

Feb. 19, 2016 Docket
1

Complaint

Krishnakutty v. Signal International LLC

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

Aug. 7, 2013 Complaint
2

RICO Case Statement

Krishnakutty v. Signal International LLC

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

Aug. 7, 2013 Complaint
26

Order Consolidating Cases and Transferring to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

Krishnakutty v. Signal International LLC

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

Oct. 18, 2013 Order/Opinion
183

Protective Order

Achari v. Signal International, LLC

Feb. 17, 2014 Order/Opinion
305

Order and Reasons

Achari v. Signal International, LLC

2014 WL 5489359

Aug. 13, 2014 Order/Opinion
306

Order and Reasons

Achari v. Signal International

2014 WL 5493269

Aug. 14, 2014 Order/Opinion
345

Order

Achari v. Signal International, LLC

Sept. 16, 2014 Order/Opinion
392

Order and Reasons

Achari v. Signal International, LLC

37 F.Supp.3d 836

Oct. 14, 2014 Order/Opinion

Resources

Title Description External URL

The Origins of Fair Lending Litigation

Andrew Nash

This paper describes the origins of fair lending litigation in the 1970s. It documents two litigation strategies, one aimed at discriminatory lenders in local communities and a second at the federal … Dec. 4, 2008 http://ssrn.com/...

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/5167263/krishnakutty-v-signal-international-llc/

Last updated May 28, 2022, 3:09 a.m.

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COMPLAINT against Malvern C. Burnett, Sachin Dewan, Dewan Consultants Pvt. Ltd., Global Resources, Inc., Gulf Coast Immigration Law Center, LLC, Indo-Ameri Soft LLC, Law Offices of Malvern C. Burnett, A.P.C., Kurella Rao, Signal International LLC (Filing fee $ 400; receipt number 14643004822), filed by Thampy Putham Parambil Edicula, Sabu Puthukkuttumel Veede Krishnakutty. Jury trial requested. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(JCH) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.] (Entered: 08/07/2013)

1 Civil Cover Sheet

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Aug. 7, 2013 PACER
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RICO Statement by Thampy Putham Parambil Edicula, Sabu Puthukkuttumel Veede Krishnakutty. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 - RICO Fraud Chart)(JCH) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.] (Entered: 08/07/2013)

1 Exhibit 1 - RICO Fraud Chart

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Summons Issued as to Malvern C. Burnett, Sachin Dewan, Dewan Consultants Pvt. Ltd., Global Resources, Inc., Gulf Coast Immigration Law Center, LLC, Indo-Ameri Soft LLC, Law Offices of Malvern C. Burnett, A.P.C., Kurella Rao, Signal International LLC. (JCH) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.] (Entered: 08/07/2013)

Aug. 7, 2013 PACER
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Ex Parte MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer re 1 Complaint, by Signal International LLC (Ungar, Hal) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.] (Entered: 08/30/2013)

Aug. 30, 2013 PACER

TEXT ORDER ONLY The Court finds that the Defendant, Signal International L.L.C.'s 4 Motion for Extension of Time to Answer should be granted. Signal International LLC must answer or otherwise lead on or prior to 9/20/2013.No further written order shall be issued by this Court Signed by Magistrate Judge John M. Roper on September 3,2013 (Nicaud, Jenny) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.]

Sept. 3, 2013 PACER
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***DISREGARD ENTRY - Same has been reentered as document 6 with exhibits*** Rule 16(a) Initial Order: Telephonic Case Management Conference set for 10/24/2013 at 09:15 AM before Magistrate Judge John M. Roper. Confidential case memoranda to be submitted to Judge Roper via email to roper_chambers@mssd.uscourts.gov on or before one week prior to the conference. The CONFIDENTIAL case memoranda is NOT to be exchanged and will be viewed only by the Court. Also, by same deadline, counsel are to submit a joint proposed Case Management Order (form is attached as Exhibit A - do not complete pages 4 and 5) to same email address. Refer to attached for deadlines and instructions. (VLK) Modified on 9/6/2013 (VLK). [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.] (Entered: 09/06/2013)

Sept. 6, 2013 PACER

DOCKET ANNOTATION as to # 5. Disregard entry as the exhibits were not attached. The Rule 16(a) Initial Order will be reentered with the exhibits attached. (VLK) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.]

Sept. 6, 2013 PACER
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Rule 16(a) Initial Order: Telephonic Case Management Conference set for 10/24/2013 at 09:15 AM before Magistrate Judge John M. Roper. Confidential case memoranda to be submitted to Judge Roper via email to roper_chambers@mssd.uscourts.gov on or before one week prior to the conference. The CONFIDENTIAL case memoranda is NOT to be exchanged and will be viewed only by the Court. Also, by same deadline, counsel are to submit a joint proposed Case Management Order (form is attached as Exhibit A - do not complete pages 4 and 5) to same email address. Refer to attached for deadlines and instructions. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - Blank Case Management Order, # 2 Exhibit B - Expedited Calendar, # 3 Exhibit C - Good Faith Certificate Form)(VLK) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.] (Entered: 09/06/2013)

1 Exhibit A - Blank Case Management Order

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2 Exhibit B - Expedited Calendar

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3 Exhibit C - Good Faith Certificate Form

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Sept. 6, 2013 PACER
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MOTION for John C. Low to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Thampy Putham Parambil Edicula, Sabu Puthukkuttumel Veede Krishnakutty (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Ex-1 Certificiate of Good Standing- State, # 2 Exhibit Ex-2 Certificate of Good Standing- U.S. District Court)(McDuff, Robert) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.] (Entered: 09/13/2013)

1 Exhibit Ex-1 Certificiate of Good Standing- State

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2 Exhibit Ex-2 Certificate of Good Standing- U.S. District Court

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Sept. 13, 2013 PACER

Pro Hac Vice fee paid for John C. Low receipt number 0538-2511748 $ 100 (McDuff, Robert) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.]

Sept. 13, 2013 PACER
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MOTION for Scott W. Clark to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Thampy Putham Parambil Edicula, Sabu Puthukkuttumel Veede Krishnakutty (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Ex-1 Certificate of Good Standing-State, # 2 Exhibit Ex-2 Certificate of Good Standing- U.S. District Court)(McDuff, Robert) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.] (Entered: 09/13/2013)

1 Exhibit Ex-1 Certificate of Good Standing-State

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2 Exhibit Ex-2 Certificate of Good Standing- U.S. District Court

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Sept. 13, 2013 PACER

Pro Hac Vice fee paid for Scott W. Clark receipt number 0538-2511763 $ 100 (McDuff, Robert) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.]

Sept. 13, 2013 PACER
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MOTION for Steven G. Spears to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Thampy Putham Parambil Edicula, Sabu Puthukkuttumel Veede Krishnakutty (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Ex-1 Certificate of Good Standing-State, # 2 Exhibit Ex-2 Certificate of Good Standing- U.S. District Court)(McDuff, Robert) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.] (Entered: 09/13/2013)

1 Exhibit Ex-1 Certificate of Good Standing-State

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2 Exhibit Ex-2 Certificate of Good Standing- U.S. District Court

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Sept. 13, 2013 PACER

Pro Hac Vice fee paid for Steven G. Spears receipt number 0538-2511777 $ 100 (McDuff, Robert) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.]

Sept. 13, 2013 PACER
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ORDER granting 7 Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice; granting 8 Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice; granting 9 Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice Signed by Magistrate Judge John M. Roper on September 16,2013 (JFN) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.] (Entered: 09/16/2013)

Sept. 16, 2013 PACER
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MOTION to Change Venue /Transfer, Pursuant to First-Filed Rule, MOTION to Dismiss Partially For Failure to State a Claim Upon Which Relief Can Be Granted by Signal International LLC (Ungar, Hal) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.] (Entered: 09/20/2013)

Sept. 20, 2013 PACER
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MEMORANDUM in Support re 11 MOTION to Change Venue /Transfer, Pursuant to First-Filed Rule MOTION to Dismiss Partially For Failure to State a Claim Upon Which Relief Can Be Granted filed by Signal International LLC (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 - SPLC Press Release, # 2 Exhibit 2 - Consent to Sue (Sabu Krishnakutty))(Ungar, Hal) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.] (Entered: 09/20/2013)

1 Exhibit 1 - SPLC Press Release

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2 Exhibit 2 - Consent to Sue (Sabu Krishnakutty)

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Sept. 20, 2013 PACER
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MOTION for Justin Uhlemann to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Thampy Putham Parambil Edicula, Sabu Puthukkuttumel Veede Krishnakutty (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Ex-1 Certificate of Good Standing-State, # 2 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing-District Court)(McDuff, Robert) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.] (Entered: 09/25/2013)

1 Exhibit Ex-1 Certificate of Good Standing-State

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2 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing-District Court

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Sept. 25, 2013 PACER

Pro Hac Vice fee paid for Justin Uhlemann receipt number 0538-2520217 $ 100 (McDuff, Robert) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.]

Sept. 25, 2013 PACER

TEXT ORDER ONLY The Court finds that the motion of Justin Uhlemann to 13 to appear pro hac vice on behalf of Plaintiffs should be granted in association with local counsel, upon payment of the appropriate fee and registration for electronic filing as required by this Court. No further written order shall be issued by this Court Signed by Magistrate Judge John M. Roper on September 26,2013 (Nicaud, Jenny) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.]

Sept. 26, 2013 PACER
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MOTION for Timothy W. Cerniglia to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Malvern C. Burnett (Carlisle, Arthur) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.] (Entered: 09/27/2013)

Sept. 27, 2013 PACER

TEXT ORDER ONLY The Court finds that 14 motion of Thomas Cerniglia to Appear Pro Hac Vice on behalf of Defendant, Malvern Burnett should be granted in association with local counsel, upon payment of the appropriate fee and registration for electronic filing as required by this Court.No further written order shall be issued by this Court Signed by Magistrate Judge John M. Roper on September 30,2013 (JFN) Modified on 10/8/2013 (JFN). [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.]

Sept. 30, 2013 PACER
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(DISGREGARD) MOTION to Dismiss by Malvern C. Burnett (Carlisle, Arthur) Modified on 10/3/2013 (wld). [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.] (Entered: 10/02/2013)

Oct. 2, 2013 PACER
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MOTION to Dismiss by Malvern C. Burnett (Carlisle, Arthur) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.] (Entered: 10/02/2013)

Oct. 2, 2013 PACER
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MEMORANDUM in Support re 16 MOTION to Dismiss filed by Malvern C. Burnett (Carlisle, Arthur) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.] (Entered: 10/02/2013)

Oct. 2, 2013 PACER

DOCKET ANNOTATION as to #15. This motion was refiled as document #16. Motion #15 will be terminated. Also, the main document to #16 and #17 are not dated, only the certificates of service are dated. Pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. Rule 84, appendix form 2 states that date, signature, address, e-mail address and telephone number are used at the conclusion of pleadings and other papers that require a signature. Documents are undated, but the date will be construed as the date of electronic filing. Attorney is advised to follow this rule in future filings by also dating the main document. Attorney is not required to refile. (wld) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.]

Oct. 3, 2013 PACER
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Emergency MOTION to Stay Proceedings by Signal International LLC (Ungar, Hal) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.] (Entered: 10/03/2013)

Oct. 3, 2013 PACER
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MEMORANDUM in Support re 18 Emergency MOTION to Stay Proceedings filed by Signal International LLC (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 - (Doc. 1349) Order & Reasons, # 2 Exhibit 2 - (Doc. 1406) Order, # 3 Exhibit 3 - (Doc. 1380) Order & Reasons, # 4 Exhibit 4 - (Doc. 1391) Notice Regarding Plaintiffs' Proposed DPCMO, # 5 Exhibit 5 - (Doc. 1396) Signal's Opposition to Plaintiffs' Proposed DPCMO, # 6 Exhibit 6 - Affidavit of Erin Casey Hangartner, # 7 Exhibit 7 - (Doc. 1352) Order)(Ungar, Hal) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.] (Entered: 10/03/2013)

1 Exhibit 1 - (Doc. 1349) Order & Reasons

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2 Exhibit 2 - (Doc. 1406) Order

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3 Exhibit 3 - (Doc. 1380) Order & Reasons

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4 Exhibit 4 - (Doc. 1391) Notice Regarding Plaintiffs' Proposed DPCMO

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5 Exhibit 5 - (Doc. 1396) Signal's Opposition to Plaintiffs' Proposed DP

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6 Exhibit 6 - Affidavit of Erin Casey Hangartner

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7 Exhibit 7 - (Doc. 1352) Order

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Oct. 3, 2013 PACER
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Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to 11 MOTION to Change Venue /Transfer, Pursuant to First-Filed Rule MOTION to Dismiss Partially For Failure to State a Claim Upon Which Relief Can Be Granted by Thampy Putham Parambil Edicula, Sabu Puthukkuttumel Veede Krishnakutty (McDuff, Robert) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.] (Entered: 10/04/2013)

Oct. 4, 2013 PACER

TEXT ONLY ORDER granting 20 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply re 11 MOTION to Change Venue /Transfer, Pursuant to First-Filed Rule MOTION to Dismiss Partially For Failure to State a Claim Upon Which Relief Can Be Granted. Responses due by 10/15/2013. NO FURTHER WRITTEN ORDER WILL ISSUE FROM THE COURT. Signed by Chief District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr on 10/8/13. (Whitsitt, K) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.]

Oct. 8, 2013 PACER
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MOTION to Appoint Counsel / Enroll as Counsel, Alan D. Weinberger, by Signal International LLC (Ungar, Hal) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.] (Entered: 10/09/2013)

Oct. 9, 2013 PACER

DOCKET ANNOTATION as to #21: Pursuant to Fed.R.Cr.P. Rule 49(d) and Fed.R.Civ.P. Rule 84, appendix form 2 states that date, signature, address, e-mail address and telephone number are used at the conclusion of pleadings and other papers that require a signature. Document is undated, but the date will be construed as the date of electronic filing. Attorney is advised to follow this rule in future filings. (PKS) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.]

Oct. 9, 2013 PACER
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RESPONSE in Opposition re 11 MOTION to Change Venue /Transfer, Pursuant to First-Filed Rule MOTION to Dismiss Partially For Failure to State a Claim Upon Which Relief Can Be Granted filed by Thampy Putham Parambil Edicula, Sabu Puthukkuttumel Veede Krishnakutty (Uhlemann - PHV, Justin) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.] (Entered: 10/15/2013)

Oct. 15, 2013 PACER
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MEMORANDUM in Opposition re 11 MOTION to Change Venue /Transfer, Pursuant to First-Filed Rule MOTION to Dismiss Partially For Failure to State a Claim Upon Which Relief Can Be Granted filed by Thampy Putham Parambil Edicula, Sabu Puthukkuttumel Veede Krishnakutty (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - David Decertification Order, # 2 Exhibit B - EEOC Order, # 3 Exhibit C - Indian Contract Law, # 4 Exhibit D - Link Cited By Signal)(Uhlemann - PHV, Justin) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.] (Entered: 10/15/2013)

1 Exhibit A - David Decertification Order

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2 Exhibit B - EEOC Order

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3 Exhibit C - Indian Contract Law

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4 Exhibit D - Link Cited By Signal

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RESPONSE in Opposition re 18 Emergency MOTION to Stay Proceedings filed by Thampy Putham Parambil Edicula, Sabu Puthukkuttumel Veede Krishnakutty (Uhlemann - PHV, Justin) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.] (Entered: 10/15/2013)

Oct. 15, 2013 PACER
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MEMORANDUM in Opposition re 18 Emergency MOTION to Stay Proceedings filed by Thampy Putham Parambil Edicula, Sabu Puthukkuttumel Veede Krishnakutty (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 - Achari Motion for Limited Consolidation)(Uhlemann - PHV, Justin) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.] (Entered: 10/15/2013)

1 Exhibit 1 - Achari Motion for Limited Consolidation

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Oct. 15, 2013 PACER

TEXT ONLY ORDER STAYING PROCEEDINGS: This matter is before the Court on Motion to Stay Proceedings 18 filed by Signal International, LLC, and being fully advised, the Court finds that the motion is well taken and is hereby granted. The proceedings in this case are stayed pending a decision on the Motion to Change Venue or Dismiss pending before the District Judge. No further written order shall be issued by the Court. Signed by Magistrate Judge John M. Roper on 10/16/2013 (VLK) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.]

Oct. 16, 2013 PACER

NOTICE of CANCELLED Calendar Setting: In light of the Text Only Order Staying Proceedings entered in this matter on 10/16/2013, the Telephonic Case Management Order set for October 24, 2013 is hereby CANCELLED. (VLK) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.]

Oct. 16, 2013 PACER

TEXT ORDER ONLY Counsel has represented to the Court that he is withdrawing 21 Motion to Appoint Counsel. No further written order shall be issued by this Court. Signed by Magistrate Judge John M. Roper on October 18,2013 (Nicaud, Jenny) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.]

Oct. 18, 2013 PACER

Pro Hac Vice fee paid by Timothy W. Cerniglia $ 100, receipt number 14643005041. (JCH) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.]

Oct. 18, 2013 PACER
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ORDER granting Motion to Change Venue. Consolidated cases are transferred to the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana; and granting Motion to Consolidate Cases. Civil Action Nos. 1:13cv318 and 1:13cv319 shall be consolidated, as member cases, with Civil Action No. 1:13cv222, which shall serve as the lead case. All subsequent pleadings relating to these causes of action should be filed in the LEAD case only. Signed by Chief District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr. on 10/18/13. (RLW) [Transferred from mssd on 10/23/2013.] (Entered: 10/18/2013)

Oct. 18, 2013 RECAP
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Case transferred in from District of Mississippi Southern; Case Number 1:13-cv-00319. Electronic file certified copy of transfer order and docket sheet received (jtd) (Entered: 10/23/2013)

Oct. 23, 2013 PACER
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ORDER TRANSFERRING CASE. Case transferred to Judge Susie Morgan and Magistrate Judge Daniel E. Knowles, III for all further proceedings. Judge Lance M Africk, Magistrate Judge Alma L. Chasez no longer assigned to case. Signed by Judge Lance M Africk on 10/24/2013.(blg) (Entered: 10/25/2013)

Oct. 24, 2013 PACER
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ORDER: ORDERED that the Clerk of Court mark the above actions closed for statistical purposes. Signed by Judge Susie Morgan on 5/26/2017.(clc) (Entered: 06/02/2017)

June 2, 2017 PACER

State / Territory: Louisiana

Case Type(s):

Immigration and/or the Border

Special Collection(s):

Signal International Guest Worker Cases

Key Dates

Filing Date: Aug. 7, 2013

Closing Date: Oct. 1, 2018

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

2 Indian guestworkers fraudulently recruited to work in the U.S.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

Southern Poverty Law Center

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Dewan Consultants (Substantial Business Contacts with New Orleans, LA), Private Entity/Person

Global Resources, Inc., Private Entity/Person

Gulf Coast Immigration Law Center (New Orleans, LA), Private Entity/Person

Law Offices of Malvern C. Burnett (New Orleans, LA), Private Entity/Person

Malvern C. Burnett (New Orleans, LA), None

Sachin Dewan (Substantial Business Contacts with New Orleans, LA), None

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

Kurella Rao (New Orleans, LA), None

Indo-Amerisoft, L.L.C. (New Orleans, LA), Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1981

State law

42 U.S.C. § 1985

Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), 18 U.S.C. §§ 1961 et seq.

Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), 18 U.S.C. § 1589

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Monetary Relief

Non-settlement Outcome

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

Housing

Loss or damage to property

Racial segregation

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

Immigration/Border:

Employer sanctions

Employment

Immigration lawyers

Temporary foreign workers program

U.S. citizenship - acquiring

National Origin/Ethnicity:

Indian