Case: Samuel v. Signal International, LLC

1:13-cv-00323 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Filed Date: May 21, 2013

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Case Summary

This case is part of the series of Signal International cases. It is stayed during defendant's bankruptcy and settlement proceedings.On May 21, 2013, 17 Indian guestworkers filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas 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 Internatio…

This case is part of the series of Signal International cases. It is stayed during defendant's bankruptcy and settlement proceedings.

On May 21, 2013, 17 Indian guestworkers filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas 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 at its Orange, Texas site. Signal was based in Pascagoula, Mississippi and was in the business of providing repairs to offshore oil rigs in the Gulf Coast region. The complaint alleged that plaintiffs paid defendant Signal's recruiters as much as $20,000 for travel, visa, and recruitment fees, but, upon arrival in the United States, found that they would not receive the green cards promised to them. Instead, plaintiffs were forced to pay additional fees ($1050 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.

Plaintiffs asserted claims under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (18 U.S.C. §1589 (forced labor) and 18 U.S.C. §1590 (trafficking)), the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act (18 U.S.C. §1962), the Civil Rights Act of 1866 (42 U.S.C. §1981), the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 (42 U.S.C. §1985), the Thirteenth Amendment, Declaratory Judgment Act (28 U.S.C. §2201), Fair Labor Standards Act (29 U.S.C. §201 et seq) as well as claims of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and breach of contract. Plaintiffs were represented by a private law firm.

In December 2013, Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn denied Signal's motion to transfer this case to the Eastern District of Louisiana. The plaintiffs in this case only overlapped with the David case insofar as their FLSA claims in the David case were concerned. Additionally, the plaintiffs in this case sued based on events at Signal's Orange, Texas site, whereas plaintiffs in cases pending in the Eastern District of Louisiana sued based on events at Signal's Pascagoula, Mississippi site. 2013 WL 12138878. Although the Court declined to transfer this case, on May 30, 2014, Magistrate Judge Hawthorn entered a consent order that discovery from the cases in the Eastern District of Louisiana would be allowed to be used here. Additionally, in December 2014, Magistrate Judge Hawthorn severed and transferred Signal's cross-claims against co-defendants (immigration attorneys, recruiters, and labor brokers) to the Eastern District of Louisiana.

In October 2014, Magistrate Judge Hawthorn granted Signal's motion to compel production of plaintiffs' T- and U-visas and applications for such visas. 2014 WL 12597395. Although a similar motion had already been denied for the cases pending in the Eastern District of Louisiana, the court found that the materials' relevance outweighed any potential in terrorem effect. The Court warned that it would reconsider if Signal sought discovery that was clearly aimed at harassment.

In July 2015, the court stayed the case after Signal filed for bankruptcy. In re Signal Int’l, Inc, et al., No. 15-11498 (Bankr. D. Del. July 12, 2015). As a part of the bankruptcy filings, the plaintiffs entered into a plan support agreement (PSA) which contemplated a settlement of the claims of this lawsuit against Signal entities through a consensual Chapter 11 plan proposed by Signal. The PSA, with a liquidation trust for distribution of settlement proceeds, became effective on Dec. 14, 2015.

In Dec. 2015, in the related EEOC case, 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.

In this case, Samuel, the parties are updating the court every 120 days as to the status of the bankruptcy proceedings. As of the parties' most recent update to the Court was on November 8, 2019. The update reported that the defendant Signal's bankruptcy proceedings closed on February 5, 2019, and that the distribution from the Signal Trust should occur in the next few months.

As of November 22, 2019, the case is still ongoing.

Summary Authors

Anna Dimon (5/12/2015)

Soojin Cha (10/31/2016)

Ava Morgenstern (12/2/2017)

Caitlin Kierum (11/22/2019)

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)

Crone, Marcia A. (Texas)

Hawthorn, Zack (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Akins, Elizabeth Crabtree (Georgia)

Belagodu, P Akarsh (Georgia)

Boice, William H. (Georgia)

Corgan, Brian G (Georgia)

Dorris, William E. (Georgia)

Heindel, Heather L (Georgia)

Ludlam, Taylor Higgins (North Carolina)

Pangborn, Susan W (Georgia)

Judge(s)

Crone, Marcia A. (Texas)

Hawthorn, Zack (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Akins, Elizabeth Crabtree (Georgia)

Belagodu, P Akarsh (Georgia)

Boice, William H. (Georgia)

Corgan, Brian G (Georgia)

Dorris, William E. (Georgia)

Heindel, Heather L (Georgia)

Ludlam, Taylor Higgins (North Carolina)

Pangborn, Susan W (Georgia)

Ramsey, Shane G (New York)

Reed, Kristopher L (Colorado)

Williamson, Reginald A (Georgia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Bollman, Patricia Anne F. (Louisiana)

Buras, Daniel Edwin Jr. (Louisiana)

Cerniglia, Timothy W. (Louisiana)

Cornblatt, James L. (Louisiana)

Gianna, Dominic Joseph (Louisiana)

Hangartner, Erin Casey (Louisiana)

Hasenkampf, Mitchell P. (Louisiana)

Herman, Jonathan Marc (Texas)

Keller, Robert Louis (Louisiana)

Maney, Kevin P. (Louisiana)

Masur Davis, Lauren C. (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

1:13-cv-00323

Docket [PACER]

Nov. 8, 2019

Nov. 8, 2019

Docket
1

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Complaint

May 21, 2013

May 21, 2013

Complaint
56

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Order Denying Signal Defendants Motion to Transfer

Dec. 2, 2013

Dec. 2, 2013

Order/Opinion
65

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Report and Recommendation Denying Defendant Signal's Motion to Dismiss

2014 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 37536

Feb. 18, 2014

Feb. 18, 2014

Magistrate Report/Recommendation
83

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First Amended Complaint

April 23, 2014

April 23, 2014

Complaint
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Report and Recommendation of United States Magistrate Judge

Samuel v. Signal International

2014 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 80882

April 30, 2014

April 30, 2014

Magistrate Report/Recommendation
96

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Consent Order Regarding Use of Discovery From Related Cases

May 30, 2014

May 30, 2014

Order/Opinion
120

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Report and Recommendation Denying the Burnett Defendants' Motion to Dismiss

2014 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 126736

July 29, 2014

July 29, 2014

Magistrate Report/Recommendation
149

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Memorandum and Order on Signal's Motion to Compel (Doc. No. 122) and Plaintiff's Motion for Interim Protective Order Under Rule (30(d)(3) (Doc. No. 140)

Samuel v. Signal International LLC

Oct. 15, 2014

Oct. 15, 2014

Order/Opinion
211

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Order Severing and Transferring Signal's Cross-Claims to the Eastern District of Louisiana

Samuel v. Signal International LLC

Dec. 8, 2014

Dec. 8, 2014

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/4386273/samuel-v-signal-international-llc/

Last updated Aug. 8, 2022, 3:03 a.m.

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COMPLAINT against All Defendants ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0540-4146646.), filed by Johny Mandy Mathai, Nayappulli Jayachandran, Chandran Shaju Thanissery, Atha Mohammad Abdul, Reji Samuel, Sumesh Porambathuparam Subramanian, Mohanan Balakrishna Pillai, Krishna Gonthina, Kesavarao Bundankayala, Samuel Jose Kumrumthodathil, Belthazar Peter, Santhosh Kumar Rajendran Pillai, Aby Karickathara Raju, Galla Venkata Rama Krishna, Raju Divakaran, Lohithakshan Madampet, Biju Perumpilly George. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 - Rico Fraud Chart, # 2 Civil Cover Sheet)(Boice, William) (Entered: 05/21/2013)

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May 21, 2013

May 21, 2013

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Case Assigned to Judge Marcia A. Crone. (aam, )

May 21, 2013

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In accordance with the provisions of 28 USC Section 636(c), you are hereby notified that a U.S. Magistrate Judge of this district court is available to conduct any or all proceedings in this case including a jury or non-jury trial and to order the entry of a final judgment. The form Consent to Proceed Before Magistrate Judge is available on our website. All signed consent forms, excluding pro se parties, should be filed electronically using the event Notice of Consent to Proceed Before Magistrate Judge. (aam, )

May 21, 2013

May 21, 2013

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NOTICE of Attorney Appearance - Pro Hac Vice by Brian G Corgan on behalf of All Plaintiffs. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0540-4149194. (Corgan, Brian) (Entered: 05/22/2013)

May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013

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NOTICE of Attorney Appearance - Pro Hac Vice by Susan W Pangborn on behalf of All Plaintiffs. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0540-4149211. (Pangborn, Susan) (Entered: 05/22/2013)

May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013

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NOTICE of Attorney Appearance - Pro Hac Vice by Heather L Heindel on behalf of All Plaintiffs. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0540-4149230. (Heindel, Heather) (Entered: 05/22/2013)

May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013

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ORDER REFERRING CASE to Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn to conduct all pretrial proceedings, to enter findings of fact and recommended disposition on case-dispositive matters, and to determine non-dispositive matters. Signed by Judge Marcia A. Crone on 5/22/13. (mrp, ) (Entered: 05/23/2013)

May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013

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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, L.L.C., Law Offices of Malvern C. Burnett, A.P.C., Michael Pol, Signal International L.L.C., Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P. and Signal International, Inc. and emailed to plas' atty for service (aam, ) (Entered: 05/28/2013)

May 28, 2013

May 28, 2013

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DEMAND for Trial by Jury by Atha Mohammad Abdul, Kesavarao Bundankayala, Raju Divakaran, Biju Perumpilly George, Krishna Gonthina, Nayappulli Jayachandran, Galla Venkata Rama Krishna, Samuel Jose Kumrumthodathil, Lohithakshan Madampet, Johny Mandy Mathai, Belthazar Peter, Mohanan Balakrishna Pillai, Santhosh Kumar Rajendran Pillai, Aby Karickathara Raju, Reji Samuel, Sumesh Porambathuparam Subramanian, Chandran Shaju Thanissery. (Boice, William) (Entered: 06/04/2013)

June 4, 2013

June 4, 2013

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NOTICE by Atha Mohammad Abdul, Kesavarao Bundankayala, Raju Divakaran, Biju Perumpilly George, Krishna Gonthina, Nayappulli Jayachandran, Galla Venkata Rama Krishna, Samuel Jose Kumrumthodathil, Lohithakshan Madampet, Johny Mandy Mathai, Belthazar Peter, Mohanan Balakrishna Pillai, Santhosh Kumar Rajendran Pillai, Aby Karickathara Raju, Reji Samuel, Sumesh Porambathuparam Subramanian, Chandran Shaju Thanissery Plaintiffs' Notice of Related Cases (Boice, William) (Entered: 06/04/2013)

June 4, 2013

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NOTICE by Atha Mohammad Abdul, Kesavarao Bundankayala, Raju Divakaran, Biju Perumpilly George, Krishna Gonthina, Nayappulli Jayachandran, Galla Venkata Rama Krishna, Samuel Jose Kumrumthodathil, Lohithakshan Madampet, Johny Mandy Mathai, Belthazar Peter, Mohanan Balakrishna Pillai, Santhosh Kumar Rajendran Pillai, Aby Karickathara Raju, Reji Samuel, Sumesh Porambathuparam Subramanian, Chandran Shaju Thanissery Notice of Suggestion of Bankruptcy (Boice, William) (Entered: 06/18/2013)

June 18, 2013

June 18, 2013

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Ex Parte MOTION for Extension of Time to File Responsive Pleadings by Signal International L.L.C., Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Herman, Jonathan) (Additional attachment(s) added on 6/28/2013: # 2 Revised Proposed Order) (tkd, ). (Entered: 06/27/2013)

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June 27, 2013

June 27, 2013

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ORDER granting 10 Motion for Extension of Time to Answer. The Defendants have until 7/28/13, to file any pleadings responsive to the Plaintiffs' Complaint. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 7/2/13. (mrp, ) (Entered: 07/03/2013)

July 3, 2013

July 3, 2013

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MOTION to Change Venue (Transfer Pursuant to First Filed Rule) by Signal International L.L.C., Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit, # 2 Exhibit, # 3 Text of Proposed Order)(Herman, Jonathan) (Entered: 07/29/2013)

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July 29, 2013

July 29, 2013

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MOTION to Dismiss Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. Pro. 12(b)(6) by Signal International L.L.C., Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Herman, Jonathan) (Entered: 07/29/2013)

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July 29, 2013

July 29, 2013

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ADVISORY ORDER. This case is assigned for trial to Judge Marcia A. Crone, and is referred to the undersigned magistrate judge for pretrial proceedings. Upon receipt of all the parties' consent, this case may be reassigned to the undersigned for trial. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 8/6/13. (mrp, ) (Entered: 08/06/2013)

Aug. 6, 2013

Aug. 6, 2013

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ORDER to Conduct Rule 26(f) Conference with a proposed Scheduling Order. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 8/6/13. (mrp, ) (Entered: 08/06/2013)

Aug. 6, 2013

Aug. 6, 2013

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SUMMONS Returned Executed by Reji Samuel. Signal International Texas, L.P. served on 6/25/2013, answer due 7/16/2013. (mrp, ) (Entered: 08/08/2013)

Aug. 7, 2013

Aug. 7, 2013

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SUMMONS Returned Executed by Reji Samuel. Signal International Texas, G.P. served on 6/25/2013, answer due 7/16/2013. (mrp, ) (Entered: 08/08/2013)

Aug. 7, 2013

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SUMMONS Returned Executed by Reji Samuel. Signal International, Inc. served on 6/20/2013, answer due 7/11/2013. (mrp, ) (Entered: 08/08/2013)

Aug. 7, 2013

Aug. 7, 2013

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SUMMONS Returned Executed by Reji Samuel. Signal International L.L.C. served on 6/25/2013, answer due 7/16/2013. (mrp, ) (Entered: 08/08/2013)

Aug. 7, 2013

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SUMMONS Returned Executed by Reji Samuel. Global Resources, Inc. served on 7/1/2013, answer due 7/22/2013. (mrp, ) (Entered: 08/08/2013)

Aug. 7, 2013

Aug. 7, 2013

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RESPONSE in Opposition to 12 MOTION to Change Venue (Transfer Pursuant to First Filed Rule) filed by Atha Mohammad Abdul, et al., (Attachments: # 1 Appendix A to Plaintiffs' Response In Opposition to Motion to Transfer Action, # 2 Proposed Order)(Boice, William) Modified on 8/16/2013 (mrp, ). (Entered: 08/15/2013)

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Aug. 15, 2013

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RESPONSE in Opposition to 13 MOTION to Dismiss Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. Pro. 12(b)(6) by Reji Samuel et al., (Attachments: # 1 Appendix A to Plaintiffs' Response in Opposition to Motion to Dismiss, # 2 Proposed Order)(Boice, William) Modified on 8/16/2013 (mrp, ). (Entered: 08/15/2013)

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Aug. 15, 2013

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REPLY to Response to 12 MOTION to Change Venue (Transfer Pursuant to First Filed Rule) filed by Signal International L.L.C., Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. (Herman, Jonathan) (Entered: 08/22/2013)

Aug. 22, 2013

Aug. 22, 2013

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REPLY to Response to 13 MOTION to Dismiss Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. Pro. 12(b)(6) filed by Signal International L.L.C., Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. (Herman, Jonathan) (Entered: 08/22/2013)

Aug. 22, 2013

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SUMMONS REISSUED as to Sachin Dewan, Dewan Consultants Pvt. Ltd and physically mailed to pltf's attorney, William H Boice, pursuant to his request. Fedex Tracking No. 796530534173. (dlc, ) (Entered: 08/23/2013)

Aug. 23, 2013

Aug. 23, 2013

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NOTICE of Attorney Appearance - Pro Hac Vice by Alan Dean Weinberger on behalf of Signal International L.L.C., Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0540-4289998. (Weinberger, Alan) (Entered: 08/29/2013)

Aug. 29, 2013

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NOTICE of Attorney Appearance - Pro Hac Vice by Erin Casey Hangartner on behalf of Signal International L.L.C., Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0540-4290027. (Hangartner, Erin) (Entered: 08/29/2013)

Aug. 29, 2013

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NOTICE of Attorney Appearance - Pro Hac Vice by Hal D Ungar on behalf of Signal International L.L.C., Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0540-4290047. (Ungar, Hal) (Entered: 08/29/2013)

Aug. 29, 2013

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NOTICE of Attorney Appearance - Pro Hac Vice by Elham R Rabbani on behalf of Signal International L.L.C., Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0540-4290084. (Rabbani, Elham) (Entered: 08/29/2013)

Aug. 29, 2013

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NOTICE of Attorney Appearance - Pro Hac Vice by Dominic J Gianna on behalf of Signal International L.L.C., Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0540-4290113. (Gianna, Dominic) (Entered: 08/29/2013)

Aug. 29, 2013

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NOTICE of Attorney Appearance - Pro Hac Vice by Patricia Bollman on behalf of Signal International L.L.C., Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0540-4290134. (Bollman, Patricia) (Entered: 08/29/2013)

Aug. 29, 2013

Aug. 29, 2013

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MOTION to Consolidate Cases /for Limited Consolidation by Signal International L.L.C., Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Hangartner, Erin) (Entered: 08/29/2013)

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Aug. 29, 2013

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SUR-REPLY to Reply to Response to 12 MOTION to Change Venue (Transfer Pursuant to First Filed Rule) filed by Atha Mohammad Abdul, et al.,. (Boice, William) Modified on 9/4/2013 (mrp, ). (Entered: 09/03/2013)

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SUR-REPLY to Reply to Response to 13 MOTION to Dismiss Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. Pro. 12(b)(6) filed by Atha Mohammad Abdul, et al.,. (Attachments: # 1 Appendix A)(Boice, William) Modified on 9/4/2013 (mrp, ). (Entered: 09/03/2013)

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SUMMONS Returned Executed on Malvern C. Burnett, Gulf Coast Immigration Law Center, L.L.C., Law Offices of Malvern C. Burnett, A.P.C. served on 8/28/2013, answer due 9/18/2013. (bjc) (Entered: 09/10/2013)

Sept. 10, 2013

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***FILED IN ERROR. PLEASE IGNORE.*** MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction by Malvern C. Burnett. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 - Affidavit, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Cerniglia, Timothy) Modified on 9/10/2013 (bjc, ). (Entered: 09/10/2013)

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MOTION to Dismiss pursuant to FRCP 12(B)(6) by Malvern C. Burnett, Gulf Coast Immigration Law Center, L.L.C., Law Offices of Malvern C. Burnett, A.P.C.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 2 - La. Complaint, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Cerniglia, Timothy) Modified on 9/10/2013 (bjc, ). (Entered: 09/10/2013)

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MOTION to Dismiss pursuant to FRCP 12(B)(2) by Gulf Coast Immigration Law Center, L.L.C., Law Offices of Malvern C. Burnett, A.P.C, Malvern C Burnett. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 - Affidavit, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Cerniglia, Timothy) Modified on 9/10/2013 (bjc, ). (Entered: 09/10/2013)

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***FILED IN ERROR. Document # 36, motion to dismiss. Atty refiled motion, see Doc# 38. PLEASE IGNORE.*** (bjc)

Sept. 10, 2013

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MOTION to Change Venue by Malvern C. Burnett, Gulf Coast Immigration Law Center, L.L.C., Law Offices of Malvern C. Burnett, A.P.C.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 - La. Complaint, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Cerniglia, Timothy) (Entered: 09/11/2013)

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Sept. 11, 2013

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RESPONSE in Opposition re 32 MOTION to Consolidate Cases /for Limited Consolidation filed by Atha Mohammad Abdul, Kesavarao Bundankayala, Raju Divakaran, Biju Perumpilly George, Krishna Gonthina, Nayappulli Jayachandran, Galla Venkata Rama Krishna, Samuel Jose Kumrumthodathil, Lohithakshan Madampet, Johny Mandy Mathai, Belthazar Peter, Mohanan Balakrishna Pillai, Santhosh Kumar Rajendran Pillai, Aby Karickathara Raju, Reji Samuel, Sumesh Porambathuparam Subramanian, Chandran Shaju Thanissery. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Boice, William) (Additional attachment(s) added on 9/17/2013: # 2 Revised Proposed Order) (bjc, ). (Entered: 09/16/2013)

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Sept. 16, 2013

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Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time for Service on Defendants Residing in a Foreign Country by Atha Mohammad Abdul, Kesavarao Bundankayala, Raju Divakaran, Biju Perumpilly George, Krishna Gonthina, Nayappulli Jayachandran, Galla Venkata Rama Krishna, Samuel Jose Kumrumthodathil, Lohithakshan Madampet, Johny Mandy Mathai, Belthazar Peter, Mohanan Balakrishna Pillai, Santhosh Kumar Rajendran Pillai, Aby Karickathara Raju, Reji Samuel, Sumesh Porambathuparam Subramanian, Chandran Shaju Thanissery. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - June 27 2013 Letter, # 2 Exhibit B - August 8 2013 Notice, # 3 Exhibit C - August 8 2013 2nd Notice, # 4 Exhibit D - September 11 2013 Letter, # 5 Text of Proposed Order)(Boice, William) (Entered: 09/18/2013)

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Sept. 18, 2013

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ORAL ORDER granting 41 Motion for extension of time for service on defendant's residing in a foreign country. The date of service for the defendant referenced in doc. 41 is extended until January 17, 2014. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 9-19-2013. (Hawthorn, Zack)

Sept. 19, 2013

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RESPONSE in Opposition to 38 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction filed by Atha Mohammad Abdul et al., (Attachments: # 1 Appendix of Authority Pursuant to MC-7(b)(4), # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Boice, William) Modified on 9/30/2013 (mrp, ). (Entered: 09/27/2013)

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RESPONSE in Opposition to 37 MOTION to Dismiss pursuant to FRCP 12(B)(6) filed by Atha Mohammad Abdul., (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - Order on Class Certification, # 2 Exhibit B - Letter Regarding Burnett Fees, # 3 Appendix A - Authority Pursuant to MC-7(b)(4), # 4 Text of Proposed Order)(Boice, William) Modified on 9/30/2013 (mrp, ). (Entered: 09/27/2013)

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3 Appendix A - Authority Pursuant to MC-7(b)(4)

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4 Text of Proposed Order

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Sept. 27, 2013

Sept. 27, 2013

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RESPONSE in Opposition to 39 MOTION to Change Venue filed by Atha Mohammad Abdul et al., (Attachments: # 1 Appendix of Authority Pursuant to MC-7(b)(4), # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Boice, William) Modified on 10/1/2013 (mrp, ). (Entered: 09/30/2013)

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Sept. 30, 2013

Sept. 30, 2013

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Emergency MOTION to Stay by Signal International L.L.C., Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. (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)(Hangartner, Erin) (Additional attachment(s) added on 10/2/2013: # 8 Text of Proposed Order) (mrp, ). (Entered: 10/01/2013)

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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8 Text of Proposed Order

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Oct. 1, 2013

Oct. 1, 2013

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46

ORDER denying 45 Motion to Stay. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 10/4/2013. (bjc) (Entered: 10/04/2013)

Oct. 4, 2013

Oct. 4, 2013

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Emergency MOTION for Reconsideration re 46 Order on Motion to Stay Pursuant to Rule 72 and LR 72(b) by Signal International L.L.C., Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. (Hangartner, Erin) (Entered: 10/07/2013)

Oct. 7, 2013

Oct. 7, 2013

PACER

NOTICE of Deficiency regarding the Motion for Reconsideration submitted by Signal International L.L.C.. Document is not pdf searchable and did NOT have a proposed order. This motion has been terminated. Correction should be made within 1 business day. (mrp, )

Oct. 7, 2013

Oct. 7, 2013

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48

Emergency MOTION for Reconsideration re 46 Order on Motion to Stay Pursuant to Rule 72 and LR 72(b) by Signal International L.L.C., Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Hangartner, Erin) (Entered: 10/08/2013)

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Oct. 8, 2013

Oct. 8, 2013

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49

NOTICE by Atha Mohammad Abdul, Kesavarao Bundankayala, Raju Divakaran, Biju Perumpilly George, Krishna Gonthina, Nayappulli Jayachandran, Galla Venkata Rama Krishna, Samuel Jose Kumrumthodathil, Lohithakshan Madampet, Johny Mandy Mathai, Belthazar Peter, Mohanan Balakrishna Pillai, Santhosh Kumar Rajendran Pillai, Aby Karickathara Raju, Reji Samuel, Sumesh Porambathuparam Subramanian, Chandran Shaju Thanissery Plaintiffs' Notice of Initial and Supplemental Disclosures (Boice, William) (Entered: 10/08/2013)

Oct. 8, 2013

Oct. 8, 2013

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50

REPORT of Rule 26(f) Planning Meeting. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order / Proposed Scheduling Order)(Boice, William) (Entered: 10/10/2013)

1 Text of Proposed Order / Proposed Scheduling Order

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Oct. 10, 2013

Oct. 10, 2013

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51

ORDER denying 48 Motion for Reconsideration. Signed by Judge Marcia A. Crone on 10/10/13. (mrp, ) (Entered: 10/11/2013)

Oct. 10, 2013

Oct. 10, 2013

PACER
52

NOTICE by Atha Mohammad Abdul, Kesavarao Bundankayala, Raju Divakaran, Biju Perumpilly George, Krishna Gonthina, Nayappulli Jayachandran, Galla Venkata Rama Krishna, Samuel Jose Kumrumthodathil, Lohithakshan Madampet, Johny Mandy Mathai, Belthazar Peter, Mohanan Balakrishna Pillai, Santhosh Kumar Rajendran Pillai, Aby Karickathara Raju, Reji Samuel, Sumesh Porambathuparam Subramanian, Chandran Shaju Thanissery re 50 Report of Rule 26(f) Planning Meeting of Filing Plaintiffs ESI & Document Production Protocol (Boice, William) (Entered: 10/15/2013)

Oct. 15, 2013

Oct. 15, 2013

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Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn: 10:20 am - 10:38am Scheduling Conference held on 10/17/2013. Appearances: William Boice, Pla counsel; Patricia Bollman & Erin Hangartner, Def counsel. (Courtroom Deputy & DCR Op: Piper.) (ttp, )

Oct. 17, 2013

Oct. 17, 2013

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53

SCHEDULING ORDER: Status Conference is set for 12/5/2014 at 10:00 AM in Ctrm 3 (Beaumont) before Judge Marcia A. Crone. Amended Pleadings due by 12/20/2013. Discovery due by 7/25/2014. Motions due by 8/8/2014. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 10/17/18. (mrp, ) (Entered: 10/18/2013)

Oct. 17, 2013

Oct. 17, 2013

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54

MOTION for Extension of Time to File Responsive Pleadings by Signal International L.L.C., Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Herman, Jonathan) (Entered: 10/21/2013)

1 Text of Proposed Order

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Oct. 21, 2013

Oct. 21, 2013

PACER

In accordance with the provisions of 28 USC Section 636(c), you are hereby notified that a U.S. Magistrate Judge of this district court is available to conduct any or all proceedings in this case including a jury or non-jury trial and to order the entry of a final judgment. The form Consent to Proceed Before Magistrate Judge is available on our website. All signed consent forms, excluding pro se parties, should be filed electronically using the event Notice of Consent to Proceed Before Magistrate Judge. (bjc, )

Oct. 22, 2013

Oct. 22, 2013

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***FILED IN ERROR. Document # 54, Motion for Extension of Time to Answer. This motion has been terminated. PLEASE IGNORE.*** (mrp, )

Oct. 23, 2013

Oct. 23, 2013

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55

PROTECTIVE ORDER. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 11/18/13. (mrp, ) (Entered: 11/18/2013)

Nov. 18, 2013

Nov. 18, 2013

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ORDER denying 12 Motion to Change Venue. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 12/2/13. (mrp, ) (Entered: 12/02/2013)

Dec. 2, 2013

Dec. 2, 2013

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MOTION for Reconsideration re 56 Order on Motion to Change Venue by Signal International L.L.C., Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. (Hangartner, Erin) (Additional attachment(s) added on 12/16/2013: # 1 Text of Proposed Order) (mrp, ). (Entered: 12/13/2013)

1 Text of Proposed Order

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Dec. 13, 2013

Dec. 13, 2013

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58

RESPONSE in Opposition re 57 MOTION for Reconsideration re 56 Order on Motion to Change Venue filed by Atha Mohammad Abdul et al.,. (Attachments: # 1 Appendix A - Authority Pursuant to MC-7(b)(4), # 2 Text of Proposed Order Denying Motion for Review)(Boice, William) Modified on 12/26/2013 (mrp, ). (Entered: 12/23/2013)

1 Appendix A - Authority Pursuant to MC-7(b)(4)

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2 Text of Proposed Order Denying Motion for Review

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Dec. 23, 2013

Dec. 23, 2013

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59

REPLY to Response to Motion re 57 MOTION for Reconsideration re 56 Order on Motion to Change Venue filed by Signal International L.L.C., Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. (Hangartner, Erin) (Entered: 12/30/2013)

Dec. 30, 2013

Dec. 30, 2013

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60

NOTICE of Change of Address by Erin Casey Hangartner (Hangartner, Erin) (Entered: 01/02/2014)

Jan. 2, 2014

Jan. 2, 2014

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61

NOTICE of Attorney Appearance - Pro Hac Vice by Stephen H Shapiro on behalf of Sachin Dewan, Dewan Consultants Pvt. Ltd.. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0540-4514557. (Shapiro, Stephen) (Entered: 02/07/2014)

Feb. 7, 2014

Feb. 7, 2014

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62

MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer Complaint by Sachin Dewan, Dewan Consultants Pvt. Ltd.. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order Proposed Order)(Shapiro, Stephen) (Attachment 1 replaced on 2/11/2014) (mrp, ). (Entered: 02/10/2014)

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Feb. 10, 2014

Feb. 10, 2014

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ORAL ORDER granting 62 Motion for Extension of Time to Answer. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 12-11-2014. (Hawthorn, Zack)

Feb. 11, 2014

Feb. 11, 2014

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63

ORDER denying 57 Motion for Reconsideration. After considering the arguments of the parties and the applicable law, the court finds that the magistrate judge's order is neither clearly erroneous nor contrary to law. Signed by Judge Marcia A. Crone on 2/12/14. (mrp, ) (Entered: 02/13/2014)

Feb. 12, 2014

Feb. 12, 2014

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64

ANSWER to 1 Complaint,, by Sachin Dewan, Dewan Consultants Pvt. Ltd..(Shapiro, Stephen) (Entered: 02/17/2014)

Feb. 17, 2014

Feb. 17, 2014

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REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF U. S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE that the 13 MOTION to Dismiss Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. Pro. 12(b)(6) should be denied. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 2/18/14. (mrp, ) (Entered: 02/18/2014)

Feb. 18, 2014

Feb. 18, 2014

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ORDER denying as moot 32 Signal's Motion for Limited Consolidation. On February 12, 2014, United States District Judge Marcia A. Crone denied Signal's motion to reconsider the undersigned's order denying their motion to transfer this case to the Eastern District of Louisiana pursuant to the first-to-file rule. The relief Signal requests in the instant motion is no longer available. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 2/19/14. (mrp, ) (Entered: 02/19/2014)

Feb. 19, 2014

Feb. 19, 2014

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67

MOTION to Stay by Signal International L.L.C., Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Hangartner, Erin) (Entered: 02/19/2014)

1 Text of Proposed Order

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Feb. 19, 2014

Feb. 19, 2014

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68

SUMMONS Returned Executed by Reji Samuel. Dewan Consultants Pvt. Ltd. served on 12/3/2013, answer due 12/24/2013. (mrp, ) (Entered: 02/20/2014)

Feb. 19, 2014

Feb. 19, 2014

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69

MOTION for Reconsideration re 65 Report and Recommendations by Signal International L.L.C., Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Hangartner, Erin) (Entered: 02/28/2014)

1 Text of Proposed Order

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Feb. 28, 2014

Feb. 28, 2014

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70

EXHIBIT to # 69 Motion for Reconsideration filed by Signal International L.L.C., et al.,(Hangartner, Erin) Modified on 3/5/2014 (mrp, ). (Entered: 02/28/2014)

1 Exhibit A - Case (David,et al v. Signal, et al)

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Feb. 28, 2014

Feb. 28, 2014

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***FILED IN ERROR. Document # 70, Exhibit to Motion for Reconsideration # 69 was filed in error as a second Motion for Reconsideration. This motion has been terminated. PLEASE IGNORE.*** (mrp, )

March 5, 2014

March 5, 2014

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71

RESPONSE in Opposition re 67 MOTION to Stay filed by Atha Mohammad Abdul, Kesavarao Bundankayala, Raju Divakaran, Biju Perumpilly George, Krishna Gonthina, Nayappulli Jayachandran, Galla Venkata Rama Krishna, Samuel Jose Kumrumthodathil, Lohithakshan Madampet, Johny Mandy Mathai, Belthazar Peter, Mohanan Balakrishna Pillai, Santhosh Kumar Rajendran Pillai, Aby Karickathara Raju, Reji Samuel, Sumesh Porambathuparam Subramanian, Chandran Shaju Thanissery. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order, # 2 Appendix Pursuant to MC-7(b)(2))(Boice, William) (Entered: 03/10/2014)

1 Text of Proposed Order

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March 10, 2014

March 10, 2014

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72

ORDER denying 67 Emergency Motion to Stay. Signal requests a stay "to avoid inconsistencies, duplication, and prejudice while the petition is pending." However, Signal has yet to file the mandamus petition even though Signal claimed almost a month ago it was "expeditiously finalizing its writ application." Because Signal requests a stay based upon a writ of mandamus that does not exist, such request is denied as moot. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 3/13/14. (mrp, ) (Entered: 03/13/2014)

March 13, 2014

March 13, 2014

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MOTION to Withdraw as Attorney of Record (Dominic J. Gianna) by Signal International L.L.C., Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Hangartner, Erin) (Entered: 03/17/2014)

1 Text of Proposed Order

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March 17, 2014

March 17, 2014

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74

RESPONSE to 69 Motion for Reconsideration, Plaintiffs' Response to Defendants' Rule 72 Objections to the Report and Recommendation of Magistrate Judge Hawthorn by Atha Mohammad Abdul, Kesavarao Bundankayala, Raju Divakaran, Biju Perumpilly George, Krishna Gonthina, Nayappulli Jayachandran, Galla Venkata Rama Krishna, Samuel Jose Kumrumthodathil, Lohithakshan Madampet, Johny Mandy Mathai, Belthazar Peter, Mohanan Balakrishna Pillai, Santhosh Kumar Rajendran Pillai, Aby Karickathara Raju, Reji Samuel, Sumesh Porambathuparam Subramanian, Chandran Shaju Thanissery. (Attachments: # 1 Appendix Pursuant to Standing Order MC-7(b)(2), # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Boice, William) (Entered: 03/17/2014)

1 Appendix Pursuant to Standing Order MC-7(b)(2)

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March 17, 2014

March 17, 2014

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ORAL ORDER granting 73 Motion to Withdraw as Attorney. Attorney Dominic J Gianna terminated. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 3-19-14. (Hawthorn, Zack)

March 19, 2014

March 19, 2014

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75

SUMMONS Returned Executed by Reji Samuel. Sachin Dewan served on 12/2/2013. (mrp, ) (Entered: 03/19/2014)

March 19, 2014

March 19, 2014

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76

ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF U. S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE. It is ordered that the 13 Motion to Dismiss, filed by Signal International, et al., is denied. Signal's objections are without merit. Signed by Judge Marcia A. Crone on 3/20/14. (mrp, ) (Entered: 03/21/2014)

March 21, 2014

March 21, 2014

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NOTICE of Discovery Disclosure by Atha Mohammad Abdul, Kesavarao Bundankayala, Raju Divakaran, Biju Perumpilly George, Krishna Gonthina, Nayappulli Jayachandran, Galla Venkata Rama Krishna, Samuel Jose Kumrumthodathil, Lohithakshan Madampet, Johny Mandy Mathai, Belthazar Peter, Mohanan Balakrishna Pillai, Santhosh Kumar Rajendran Pillai, Aby Karickathara Raju, Reji Samuel, Sumesh Porambathuparam Subramanian, Chandran Shaju Thanissery Plaintiffs' Notice of Service of Discovery (Heindel, Heather) (Entered: 04/02/2014)

April 2, 2014

April 2, 2014

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78

MOTION to Withdraw as Attorney Jonathan M. Herman and Middleberg Riddle Group by Signal International L.L.C., Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Herman, Jonathan) (Entered: 04/03/2014)

1 Text of Proposed Order

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April 3, 2014

April 3, 2014

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ORAL ORDER granting 78 Motion to Withdraw as Attorney. Attorney Jonathan Marc Herman terminated. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 4/4/14. (zjh1) .

April 4, 2014

April 4, 2014

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79

ANSWER to 1 Complaint,, and Affirmative Defenses, CROSSCLAIM against Malvern C. Burnett, Sachin Dewan, Dewan Consultants Pvt. Ltd., Global Resources, Inc., Gulf Coast Immigration Law Center, L.L.C., Law Offices of Malvern C. Burnett, A.P.C., Michael Pol by Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International L.L.C., Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International, Inc..(Hangartner, Erin) (Entered: 04/17/2014)

April 17, 2014

April 17, 2014

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NOTICE of Attorney Appearance - Pro Hac Vice by Brian Christopher Roux on behalf of Signal International L.L.C., Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0540-4624066. (Roux, Brian) (Entered: 04/22/2014)

April 22, 2014

April 22, 2014

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81

PAPER TRANSCRIPT REQUEST by Signal International L.L.C., Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc. for proceedings held on 10.17.13 Rule 16 Case Management Conference before Judge Zack Hawthorne. (Hangartner, Erin) (Entered: 04/23/2014)

April 23, 2014

April 23, 2014

PACER
82

MOTION for Leave to File First Amended Complaint with Tolling of the Statute of Limitations by Atha Mohammad Abdul, Kesavarao Bundankayala, Raju Divakaran, Biju Perumpilly George, Krishna Gonthina, Nayappulli Jayachandran, Galla Venkata Rama Krishna, Samuel Jose Kumrumthodathil, Lohithakshan Madampet, Johny Mandy Mathai, Belthazar Peter, Mohanan Balakrishna Pillai, Santhosh Kumar Rajendran Pillai, Aby Karickathara Raju, Reji Samuel, Sumesh Porambathuparam Subramanian, Chandran Shaju Thanissery. (Attachments: # 1 Appendix A Pursuant to Standing Order MC-7(b)(2), # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Pangborn, Susan) (Entered: 04/23/2014)

1 Appendix A Pursuant to Standing Order MC-7(b)(2)

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2 Text of Proposed Order

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April 23, 2014

April 23, 2014

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AMENDED COMPLAINT against Malvern C. Burnett, Sachin Dewan, Dewan Consultants Pvt. Ltd., Global Resources, Inc., Gulf Coast Immigration Law Center, L.L.C., Law Offices of Malvern C. Burnett, A.P.C., Signal International L.L.C., Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc., filed by Nayappulli Jayachandran, Chandran Shaju Thanissery, Atha Mohammad Abdul, Reji Samuel, Sumesh Porambathuparam Subramanian, Santhosh Kumar Rajendran Pillai, Lohithakshan Madampet, Johny Mandy Mathai, Mohanan Balakrishna Pillai, Krishna Gonthina, Kesavarao Bundankayala, Samuel Jose Kumrumthodathil, Belthazar Peter, Aby Karickathara Raju, Galla Venkata Rama Krishna, Raju Divakaran, Biju Perumpilly George. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1-RICO Chart, # 2 Exhibit 2-Plaintiffs' Opt-In Consents)(Pangborn, Susan) (Entered: 04/23/2014)

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April 23, 2014

April 23, 2014

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USCA ORDER denying the petition for writ of mandamus. It is Further Ordered that petitioner's alternative motion for stay pending appeal is DENIED as MOOT. Circuit Judges: Owen, Elrod, and Haynes. (Attachments: # 1 USCA Cover Letter)(dlc, ) (Entered: 04/28/2014)

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April 25, 2014

April 25, 2014

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85

NOTICE OF FILING OF OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT of Case Management Conference held on 10/17/2013 before Judge Zack Hawthorn. Court Reporter: Tonya Jackson, Telephone number: 409.654.2833. NOTICE RE REDACTION OF TRANSCRIPTS: The parties have seven (7) business days to file with the Court a Notice of Intent to Request Redaction of this transcript. If no such Notice is filed, the transcript will be made remotely electronically available to the public without redaction after 90 calendar days. The policy is located on our website at www.txed.uscourts.gov Transcript may be viewed at the court public terminal or purchased through the Court Reporter/Transcriber before the deadline for Release of Transcript Restriction. After that date it may be obtained through PACER.. Redaction Request due 5/22/2014. Redacted Transcript Deadline set for 6/2/2014. Release of Transcript Restriction set for 7/31/2014. (tj, ) (Entered: 04/28/2014)

April 28, 2014

April 28, 2014

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REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF U. S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE that the 38 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction filed by Gulf Coast Immigration Law Center, L.L.C., Malvern C. Burnett, Law Offices of Malvern C. Burnett, A.P.C. should be denied. The Defendants' motion should be denied because 1) the court has personal jurisdiction over the Defendants since the RICO statute provides for nationwide service of process; and 2) the court has specific personal jurisdiction over the Defendants given the number of alleged tortious acts committed by the Defendants both outside and inside Texas that injured the Plaintiffs within Texas. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 4/30/14. (mrp, ) (Entered: 04/30/2014)

April 30, 2014

April 30, 2014

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Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to File / Plaintiffs' Unopposed Motion for Extension of Time to Designate Expert Witnesses and Provide Expert Reports by Atha Mohammad Abdul, Kesavarao Bundankayala, Raju Divakaran, Biju Perumpilly George, Krishna Gonthina, Nayappulli Jayachandran, Galla Venkata Rama Krishna, Samuel Jose Kumrumthodathil, Lohithakshan Madampet, Johny Mandy Mathai, Belthazar Peter, Mohanan Balakrishna Pillai, Santhosh Kumar Rajendran Pillai, Aby Karickathara Raju, Reji Samuel, Sumesh Porambathuparam Subramanian, Chandran Shaju Thanissery. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Heindel, Heather) (Entered: 04/30/2014)

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April 30, 2014

April 30, 2014

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ORAL ORDER granting 87 Motion for Extension of Time to File. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 5/1/14. (zjh1)

May 1, 2014

May 1, 2014

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Case Details

State / Territory: Texas

Case Type(s):

Immigration and/or the Border

Special Collection(s):

Signal International Guest Worker Cases

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: May 21, 2013

Case Ongoing: Yes

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

17 Indian guestworkers recruited to work in the U.S.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

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

Michael Pol, 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

42 U.S.C. § 1985

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 201-219

Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201

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

Loss or damage to property

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