Case: Singh v. Signal International, LLC

2:14-cv-00732 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

Filed Date: Oct. 15, 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 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. S…

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.

Summary Authors

Anna Dimon (5/12/2015)

Soojin Cha (10/30/2016)

Ava Morgenstern (12/2/2017)

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


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)

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)

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)

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)

Fabrikant, Robert (District of Columbia)

Gianna, Dominic Joseph (Louisiana)

Gimblett, Jonathan (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)

Wahlquist, Grant F. (New York)

Walker, Jacob A. (Massachusetts)

Walsh, Michael R. (Massachusetts)

Werner, Daniel (Georgia)

Wilkinson, Kirk A. (California)

Willis, Jillian (District of Columbia)

Yuan, Howard H. (District of Columbia)

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)

Hangartner, Erin Casey (Louisiana)

Hasenkampf, Mitchell P. (Louisiana)

Keller, Robert Louis (Louisiana)

Maney, Kevin P. (Louisiana)

Rabbani, Elham (Louisiana)

Roux, Brian C. (Louisiana)

Rydberg, Lance R. (Louisiana)

Shapiro, Stephen H. (Louisiana)

Ungar, Hal D. (Louisiana)

Weinberger, Alan Dean (Louisiana)

Other Attorney(s)

Davis, Lauren Masur (Louisiana)

Expert/Monitor/Master

Aiello, Justin P. (Florida)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket

April 24, 2014 Docket

Docket [PACER]

Achari v. Signal International, LLC

Oct. 25, 2016 Docket
1

Complaint, Demand for Jury Trial

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

Oct. 11, 2013 Complaint
22

Order Transferring Case to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

Singh v. Signal Int'l, LLC

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

March 31, 2014 Order/Opinion
307

Order

37 F.Supp.3d 822

Aug. 13, 2014 Order/Opinion

Order and Opinion

David v. Signal International, LLC

2015 WL 75276

Jan. 6, 2015 Order/Opinion
444

Order

March 5, 2015 Order/Opinion
704

Pre-Trial Order

Oct. 13, 2015 Order/Opinion
710

Order

2015 WL 7777978

Dec. 2, 2015 Order/Opinion

Docket

Last updated May 11, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: Louisiana

Case Type(s):

Immigration and/or the Border

Special Collection(s):

Signal International Guest Worker Cases

Key Dates

Filing Date: Oct. 15, 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

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1981

State law

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

Fines/Fees/Bail/Bond

Food service / nutrition / hydration

Housing

Racial segregation

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

Immigration/Border:

Employer sanctions

Employment

Immigration lawyers

Temporary foreign workers program

U.S. citizenship - acquiring

National Origin/Ethnicity:

Indian