Case: Marimuthu v. Signal International, LLC

1:13-cv-00499 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Filed Date: Aug. 7, 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. Defendant’s bankruptcy terminated February 9, 2019, but the parties continue to coordinate the distribution of the settlement funds.On Aug. 7, 2013, ten 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 fil…

This case is part of the series of Signal International cases. It is stayed during defendant's bankruptcy and settlement proceedings. Defendant’s bankruptcy terminated February 9, 2019, but the parties continue to coordinate the distribution of the settlement funds.

On Aug. 7, 2013, ten 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 $25,000 for travel, visa, and recruitment fees, but upon arrival in the United States found out 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 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, as well as claims of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and breach of contract. Plaintiffs were represented by private law firms.

In July 2014, 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. Magistrate Judge Hawthorn also issued a report and recommendation on July 30, 2014, denying Signal's motion to dismiss, holding that plaintiffs had pleaded enough factual content to draw the reasonable inference that the alleged pendent state law claims occurred in Texas, so that the Court had personal jurisdiction over defendants for alleged tortious acts committed there. Judge Crone adopted Magistrate Judge Hawthorn's report and recommendation on Sept. 9, 2014.

On Sept. 16, 2014, plaintiffs filed an amended complaint to allege that the Burnett (immigration attorney) defendants had violated the Ku Klux Klan Act and state tort law. On Feb. 27, 2015, Magistrate Judge Hawthorn recommended denying the Burnett defendants' motion to dismiss, finding that plaintiffs had validly pleaded the new claims. Judge Crone adopted this report and recommendation on Mar. 23, 2015.

In June 2015, 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.

While discovery was underway, the Court stayed the case in July 2015 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, Marimuthu, the parties are updating the court every 120 days as to the status of the bankruptcy proceedings. In September 2018, the court dismissed one plaintiff who became non-responsive and could not be located.

As of the parties' most recent July 3, 2019 update to the Court, the remaining nine plaintiffs had reached a settlement with the Burnett (immigration attorney) defendants. The plaintiffs advised that they would be dismissing their claims against them soon because the Burnett defendants had met their obligations under the settlement. In addition, the plaintiffs reached a settlement with the Dewan (recruiter) defendants. They similarly had met their obligations and the plaintiffs planned to dismiss claims against them. The status report also noted that the Signal bankruptcy proceeding was closed on February 5, 2019. Part of the plan was to distribute the proceeds of the Signal Litigation Trust to plaintiffs, but none had been distributed. The automatic stay was no longer in effect because the bankruptcy case terminated. The plaintiffs asked the court to further stay the case while they coordinated dismissal of the Burnett and Dewan defendants and awaited distribution for the Signal Litigation Trust.

This case is ongoing. As of February 27, 2021, there have been no additional status reports.

Summary Authors

Anna Dimon (5/15/2015)

Ava Morgenstern (3/14/2018)

Emily Kempa (2/27/2021)

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

Dorsey, James E (Minnesota)

Findlay, Michael Douglas (Texas)

Fraser, Thomas S (Minnesota)

Hoidal, Sten-Erik (Minnesota)

Hoppe, Lousene (Minnesota)

Johnson, Andrew Francis (Minnesota)

Lackey, Walter Wayne Jr (Texas)

O'Shea, Timothy (Minnesota)

Judge(s)

Crone, Marcia A. (Texas)

Hawthorn, Zack (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Dorsey, James E (Minnesota)

Findlay, Michael Douglas (Texas)

Fraser, Thomas S (Minnesota)

Hoidal, Sten-Erik (Minnesota)

Hoppe, Lousene (Minnesota)

Johnson, Andrew Francis (Minnesota)

Lackey, Walter Wayne Jr (Texas)

O'Shea, Timothy (Minnesota)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Bollman, Patricia Anne F. (Louisiana)

Cerniglia, Timothy W. (Louisiana)

Cornblatt, James L. (Louisiana)

Davis, Lauren Masur (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-00499

Docket

Sept. 13, 2018

Sept. 13, 2018

Docket
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Complaint and Jury Demand

Aug. 7, 2013

Aug. 7, 2013

Complaint
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Order Denying Defendants' Motion to Transfer

July 16, 2014

July 16, 2014

Order/Opinion
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Report and Recommendation Denying Defendant Signal's Motion to Dismiss (Doc. No. 24)

July 30, 2014

July 30, 2014

Magistrate Report/Recommendation
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Report and Recommendation of United States Magistrate Judge

2014 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 126783

Aug. 1, 2014

Aug. 1, 2014

Magistrate Report/Recommendation
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Report and Recommendation Granting in Part the Burnett Defendants' Motion to Dismiss

Marimuthu v. Signal International L.L.C.

2014 WL 12744039

Aug. 12, 2014

Aug. 12, 2014

Magistrate Report/Recommendation
68

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Order Adopting Report and Recommendation of United States Magistrate Judge

Marimuthu v. Signal International L.L.C.

Sept. 9, 2014

Sept. 9, 2014

Order/Opinion
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First Amended Complaint and Jury Demand

Marimuthu v. Signal International L.L.C.

Sept. 16, 2014

Sept. 16, 2014

Complaint
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First Amended Complaint and Jury Demand

Sept. 16, 2014

Sept. 16, 2014

Complaint
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Report and Recommendation on Burnett's Motion to Dismiss (Doc. No. 77)

2015 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 36743

Feb. 27, 2015

Feb. 27, 2015

Magistrate Report/Recommendation

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/4386368/marimuthu-v-signal-international-llc/

Last updated Aug. 5, 2022, 3:15 a.m.

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COMPLAINT against All Defendants ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0540-4255566.), filed by Rajendran Sappani, Balamurugan Marimuthu, Satheesh Kannan Marimuthu, Moorthy Nadhamuni, Muruganandam Arumugam, Venkata Satya Sivagi Ra Talabathulla, Rajendran Subramani, Muralidharan Arumugam, Sammanasunathan Siluvaimuthu, Satyanarayana Ellapu. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(Findlay, Eric) (Entered: 08/07/2013)

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Aug. 7, 2013

Aug. 7, 2013

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DEMAND for Trial by Jury by Muralidharan Arumugam, Muruganandam Arumugam, Satyanarayana Ellapu, Balamurugan Marimuthu, Satheesh Kannan Marimuthu, Moorthy Nadhamuni, Rajendran Sappani, Sammanasunathan Siluvaimuthu, Rajendran Subramani, Venkata Satya Sivagi Ra Talabathulla. (Findlay, Eric) (Entered: 08/07/2013)

Aug. 7, 2013

Aug. 7, 2013

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NOTICE of Attorney Appearance by Michael Douglas Findlay on behalf of Muralidharan Arumugam, Muruganandam Arumugam, Satyanarayana Ellapu, Balamurugan Marimuthu, Satheesh Kannan Marimuthu, Moorthy Nadhamuni, Rajendran Sappani, Sammanasunathan Siluvaimuthu, Rajendran Subramani, Venkata Satya Sivagi Ra Talabathulla (Findlay, Michael) (Entered: 08/07/2013)

Aug. 7, 2013

Aug. 7, 2013

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

Aug. 7, 2013

Aug. 7, 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. (rll, )

Aug. 8, 2013

Aug. 8, 2013

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ORDER REFERRING CASE to Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn to conduct all pretrial proceedings. Signed by Judge Marcia A. Crone on 8/8/13. (mrp, ) (Entered: 08/09/2013)

Aug. 8, 2013

Aug. 8, 2013

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SUMMONS Issued and electronically mailed to attorney Eric H. Findlay for service in case 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., Signal International LLC, Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P. and Signal International, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Summons(es), # 2 Summons(es), # 3 Summons(es), # 4 Summons(es), # 5 Summons(es), # 6 Summons(es), # 7 Summons(es), # 8 Summons(es), # 9 Summons(es))(pkb, ) (Entered: 08/13/2013)

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9 Summons(es)

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Aug. 13, 2013

Aug. 13, 2013

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NOTICE of Attorney Appearance - Pro Hac Vice by Lousene Hoppe on behalf of All Plaintiffs. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0540-4351340. (Hoppe, Lousene) (Entered: 10/08/2013)

Oct. 8, 2013

Oct. 8, 2013

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NOTICE of Attorney Appearance - Pro Hac Vice by Timothy O'Shea on behalf of All Plaintiffs. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0540-4351523. (O'Shea, Timothy) (Entered: 10/08/2013)

Oct. 8, 2013

Oct. 8, 2013

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NOTICE of Attorney Appearance - Pro Hac Vice by James E Dorsey on behalf of All Plaintiffs. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0540-4351566. (Dorsey, James) (Entered: 10/08/2013)

Oct. 8, 2013

Oct. 8, 2013

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NOTICE of Attorney Appearance - Pro Hac Vice by Thomas S Fraser on behalf of All Plaintiffs. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0540-4351623. (Fraser, Thomas) (Entered: 10/08/2013)

Oct. 8, 2013

Oct. 8, 2013

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NOTICE of Attorney Appearance - Pro Hac Vice by Sten-Erik Hoidal on behalf of All Plaintiffs. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0540-4352259. (Hoidal, Sten-Erik) (Entered: 10/09/2013)

Oct. 9, 2013

Oct. 9, 2013

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SUMMONS Returned Executed by Satheesh Kannan Marimuthu. Signal International Texas, G.P. served on 10/1/2013, answer due 10/22/2013. (mrp, ) (Entered: 10/18/2013)

Oct. 17, 2013

Oct. 17, 2013

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SUMMONS Returned Executed by Balamurugan Marimuthu. Signal International LLC served on 10/1/2013, answer due 10/22/2013. (mrp, ) (Entered: 10/18/2013)

Oct. 17, 2013

Oct. 17, 2013

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SUMMONS Returned Executed by Balamurugan Marimuthu. Signal International Texas, L.P. served on 10/1/2013, answer due 10/22/2013. (mrp, ) (Entered: 10/18/2013)

Oct. 17, 2013

Oct. 17, 2013

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Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to File Responsive Pleadings by Signal International LLC, 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

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ORAL ORDER granting 14 Motion for Extension of Time to File. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 10/22/13. (zjh1)

Oct. 22, 2013

Oct. 22, 2013

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SUMMONS REISSUED as to Sachin Dewan, Dewan Consultants PVT, LTD. with the raised court seal for international service. (Attachments: # 1 Dewan Summons)(mjc, ) (Entered: 10/30/2013)

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Oct. 29, 2013

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SUMMONS Returned Executed by Rajendran Sappani, Balamurugan Marimuthu, Satheesh Kannan Marimuthu, Moorthy Nadhamuni, Muruganandam Arumugam, Venkata Satya Sivagi Ra Talabathulla, Rajendran Subramani, Muralidharan Arumugam, Sammanasunathan Siluvaimuthu, Satyanarayana Ellapu. Global Resources, Inc. served on 10/17/2013, answer due 11/7/2013. (mjc, ) (Entered: 11/06/2013)

Nov. 6, 2013

Nov. 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 11/12/13. (mrp, ) (Entered: 11/13/2013)

Nov. 12, 2013

Nov. 12, 2013

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ADVISORY ORDER. This case is assigned to Judge Marcia A. Crone, and is referred to the undersigned Magistrate Judge for pretrial proceedings. Judge Crone's procedures and rules of practice govern this action unless the parties consent to proceed before the Magistrate Judge. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 11/12/13. (mrp, ) (Entered: 11/13/2013)

Nov. 12, 2013

Nov. 12, 2013

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SUMMONS Returned Executed by Balamurugan Marimuthu. Malvern C. Burnett served on 10/15/2013, answer due 11/5/2013. (mrp, ) (Entered: 11/15/2013)

Nov. 12, 2013

Nov. 12, 2013

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SUMMONS Returned Executed by Balamurugan Marimuthu. Law Offices of Malvern C. Burnett, A.P.C. served on 10/15/2013, answer due 11/5/2013. (mrp, ) (Entered: 11/15/2013)

Nov. 12, 2013

Nov. 12, 2013

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SUMMONS Returned Executed by Balamurugan Marimuthu. Gulf Coast Immigration Law Center, L.L.C. served on 10/15/2013, answer due 11/5/2013. (mrp, ) (Entered: 11/15/2013)

Nov. 12, 2013

Nov. 12, 2013

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NOTICE of Attorney Appearance - Pro Hac Vice by Erin Casey Hangartner on behalf of Signal International LLC, Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0540-4408323. (Hangartner, Erin) (Entered: 11/18/2013)

Nov. 18, 2013

Nov. 18, 2013

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MOTION to Stay re 1 Complaint,, MOTION to Change Venue /Transfer Pursuant to First-Filed Rule by Signal International LLC, Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 - SPLC Press Release, # 2 Exhibit 2 - Consent to Sue, # 3 Exhibit 3- Minute Entry (Doc. 108), # 4 Text of Proposed Order re: motion to stay pendente lite, # 5 Text of Proposed Order re: motion to transfer)(Hangartner, Erin) (Entered: 11/21/2013)

1 Exhibit 1 - SPLC Press Release

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2 Exhibit 2 - Consent to Sue

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3 Exhibit 3- Minute Entry (Doc. 108)

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4 Text of Proposed Order re: motion to stay pendente lite

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5 Text of Proposed Order re: motion to transfer

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Nov. 21, 2013

Nov. 21, 2013

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MOTION to Dismiss Pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 12(b)(6) by Signal International LLC, Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Hangartner, Erin) (Entered: 11/21/2013)

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Nov. 21, 2013

Nov. 21, 2013

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Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to 23 MOTION to Stay re 1 Complaint, MOTION to Change Venue /Transfer Pursuant to First-Filed Rule, 24 MOTION to Dismiss Pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 12(b)(6) by Muralidharan Arumugam, Muruganandam Arumugam, Satyanarayana Ellapu, Balamurugan Marimuthu, Satheesh Kannan Marimuthu, Moorthy Nadhamuni, Rajendran Sappani, Sammanasunathan Siluvaimuthu, Rajendran Subramani, Venkata Satya Sivagi Ra Talabathulla. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Findlay, Eric) (Entered: 11/26/2013)

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Nov. 26, 2013

Nov. 26, 2013

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ORAL ORDER granting 25 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 11/26/13. (zjh1)

Nov. 26, 2013

Nov. 26, 2013

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Unopposed MOTION for Declaratory Relief or for Extension of Time for Service on Defendants Residing in a Foreign Country by Muralidharan Arumugam, et al., (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order, # 2 Exh A)(Findlay, Michael) Modified on 12/5/2013 (mrp, ). (Entered: 12/04/2013)

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Dec. 4, 2013

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ORAL ORDER denying 26 Motion. The undersigned finds Fed. R. Civ. P. 4 straightforward as it concerns the time limits to serve an individual and corporation in a foreign country. Thus, an order clarifying the court's interpretation of the rule is unnecessary. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 12-6-2013. (Hawthorn, Zack)

Dec. 6, 2013

Dec. 6, 2013

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RESPONSE in Opposition re 23 MOTION to Stay re 1 Complaint, MOTION to Change Venue /Transfer Pursuant to First-Filed Rule filed by Muralidharan Arumugam, Muruganandam Arumugam, Satyanarayana Ellapu, Balamurugan Marimuthu, Satheesh Kannan Marimuthu, Moorthy Nadhamuni, Rajendran Sappani, Sammanasunathan Siluvaimuthu, Rajendran Subramani, Venkata Satya Sivagi Ra Talabathulla. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Findlay, Michael) (Entered: 12/16/2013)

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Dec. 16, 2013

Dec. 16, 2013

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RESPONSE in Opposition re 24 MOTION to Dismiss Pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 12(b)(6) filed by Muralidharan Arumugam, Muruganandam Arumugam, Satyanarayana Ellapu, Balamurugan Marimuthu, Satheesh Kannan Marimuthu, Moorthy Nadhamuni, Rajendran Sappani, Sammanasunathan Siluvaimuthu, Rajendran Subramani, Venkata Satya Sivagi Ra Talabathulla. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Findlay, Michael) (Entered: 12/16/2013)

1 Text of Proposed Order

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Dec. 16, 2013

Dec. 16, 2013

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SUMMONS Returned Executed by Balamurugan Marimuthu, Satheesh Kannan Marimuthu. Signal International, Inc. served on 10/1/2013, by personal service. (mll, ) (Entered: 12/17/2013)

Dec. 16, 2013

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REPORT of Rule 26(f) Planning Meeting. (Findlay, Michael) (Entered: 01/03/2014)

Jan. 3, 2014

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NOTICE of Hearing: Scheduling Conference set for 1/28/2014 10:00 AM in Ctrm 4 (Beaumont) before Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn. (ttp, )

Jan. 6, 2014

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PROTECTIVE ORDER. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 1/8/2014. (bjc) (Entered: 01/08/2014)

Jan. 8, 2014

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NOTICE of Hearing: Telephonic Scheduling Conference set for 2/13/2014 10:30 AM before Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn. (ttp, )

Jan. 30, 2014

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SUMMONS REISSUED and given to plaintiff's counsel for service as to Dewan Consultants PVT, LTD. (mrp, ) (Entered: 02/06/2014)

Feb. 3, 2014

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SUMMONS REISSUED and given to Plaintiff's counsel for service as to Sachin Dewan. (mrp, ) (Entered: 02/06/2014)

Feb. 3, 2014

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Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn: Scheduling Conference held on 2/13/2014. (DCR Op: Piper, T.) (ttp, ) (Entered: 02/18/2014)

Feb. 13, 2014

Feb. 13, 2014

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SCHEDULING ORDER: Docket call is set for 8/7/15 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom #3 before Judge Marcia A. Crone. The case will be set for Final Pretrial Conference and Trial at the docket call. Amended Pleadings due by 5/12/2014. Discovery due by 12/15/2014. Motions due by 1/15/2015. 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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MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction by Malvern C. Burnett, Gulf Coast Immigration Law Center, L.L.C., Law Offices of Malvern C. Burnett, A.P.C.. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order, # 2 Exhibit)(Cerniglia, Timothy) (Entered: 02/22/2014)

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Feb. 22, 2014

Feb. 22, 2014

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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 David Complaint, # 2 Exhibit Order.S.D.MS, # 3 Text of Proposed Order)(Cerniglia, Timothy) (Entered: 02/22/2014)

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Feb. 22, 2014

Feb. 22, 2014

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MOTION to Dismiss by Malvern C. Burnett, Gulf Coast Immigration Law Center, L.L.C., Law Offices of Malvern C. Burnett, A.P.C.. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Cerniglia, Timothy) (Entered: 02/22/2014)

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Feb. 22, 2014

Feb. 22, 2014

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Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to 37 MOTION to Change Venue, 38 MOTION to Dismiss, 36 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction by Muralidharan Arumugam, Muruganandam Arumugam, Satyanarayana Ellapu, Balamurugan Marimuthu, Satheesh Kannan Marimuthu, Moorthy Nadhamuni, Rajendran Sappani, Sammanasunathan Siluvaimuthu, Rajendran Subramani, Venkata Satya Sivagi Ra Talabathulla. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Findlay, Eric) (Entered: 03/05/2014)

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March 5, 2014

March 5, 2014

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ORAL ORDER granting 39 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 3/6/14. (zjh1)

March 6, 2014

March 6, 2014

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Unopposed MOTION to Withdraw as Attorney Thomas S. Fraser by Muralidharan Arumugam, Muruganandam Arumugam, Satyanarayana Ellapu, Balamurugan Marimuthu, Satheesh Kannan Marimuthu, Moorthy Nadhamuni, Rajendran Sappani, Sammanasunathan Siluvaimuthu, Rajendran Subramani, Venkata Satya Sivagi Ra Talabathulla. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Findlay, Eric) (Entered: 03/24/2014)

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March 24, 2014

March 24, 2014

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RESPONSE in Opposition re 37 MOTION to Change Venue filed by Muralidharan Arumugam, Muruganandam Arumugam, Satyanarayana Ellapu, Balamurugan Marimuthu, Satheesh Kannan Marimuthu, Moorthy Nadhamuni, Rajendran Sappani, Sammanasunathan Siluvaimuthu, Rajendran Subramani, Venkata Satya Sivagi Ra Talabathulla. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Findlay, Michael) (Entered: 03/27/2014)

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March 27, 2014

March 27, 2014

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RESPONSE in Opposition re 38 MOTION to Dismiss filed by Muralidharan Arumugam, Muruganandam Arumugam, Satyanarayana Ellapu, Balamurugan Marimuthu, Satheesh Kannan Marimuthu, Moorthy Nadhamuni, Rajendran Sappani, Sammanasunathan Siluvaimuthu, Rajendran Subramani, Venkata Satya Sivagi Ra Talabathulla. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Findlay, Michael) (Entered: 03/27/2014)

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March 27, 2014

March 27, 2014

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43

RESPONSE in Opposition re 36 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction filed by Muralidharan Arumugam, Muruganandam Arumugam, Satyanarayana Ellapu, Balamurugan Marimuthu, Satheesh Kannan Marimuthu, Moorthy Nadhamuni, Rajendran Sappani, Sammanasunathan Siluvaimuthu, Rajendran Subramani, Venkata Satya Sivagi Ra Talabathulla. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order, # 2 Hoppe Declaration, # 3 Exhibit A, # 4 Exhibit B, # 5 Exhibit C, # 6 Exhibit D, # 7 Exhibit E, # 8 Exhibit F)(Findlay, Eric) (Entered: 03/27/2014)

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4 Exhibit B

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5 Exhibit C

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6 Exhibit D

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7 Exhibit E

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8 Exhibit F

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March 27, 2014

March 27, 2014

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44

MOTION to Withdraw as Attorney Jonathan M. Herman and Middleberg Riddle Group by Signal International LLC, 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)

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April 3, 2014

April 3, 2014

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ORAL ORDER granting 44 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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45

WAIVER OF SERVICE Returned Executed by Rajendran Sappani, Balamurugan Marimuthu, Satheesh Kannan Marimuthu, Moorthy Nadhamuni, Muruganandam Arumugam, Venkata Satya Sivagi Ra Talabathulla, Rajendran Subramani, Muralidharan Arumugam, Sammanasunathan Siluvaimuthu, Satyanarayana Ellapu. Sachin Dewan waiver sent on 3/24/2014, answer due 5/23/2014. (mjc, ) (Entered: 04/22/2014)

April 22, 2014

April 22, 2014

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WAIVER OF SERVICE Returned Executed by Rajendran Sappani, Balamurugan Marimuthu, Satheesh Kannan Marimuthu, Moorthy Nadhamuni, Muruganandam Arumugam, Venkata Satya Sivagi Ra Talabathulla, Rajendran Subramani, Muralidharan Arumugam, Sammanasunathan Siluvaimuthu, Satyanarayana Ellapu. Dewan Consultants PVT, LTD waiver sent on 3/24/2014, answer due 5/23/2014. (mjc, ) (Entered: 04/22/2014)

April 22, 2014

April 22, 2014

PACER
47

NOTICE of Attorney Appearance - Pro Hac Vice by Brian Christopher Roux on behalf of Signal International LLC, Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0540-4624804. (Roux, Brian) (Entered: 04/23/2014)

April 23, 2014

April 23, 2014

PACER
48

NOTICE of Attorney Appearance - Pro Hac Vice by Alan Dean Weinberger on behalf of Signal International LLC, Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0540-4673559. (Weinberger, Alan) (Entered: 05/23/2014)

May 23, 2014

May 23, 2014

PACER
49

NOTICE of Attorney Appearance - Pro Hac Vice by Hal D Ungar on behalf of Signal International LLC, Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0540-4673586. (Ungar, Hal) (Entered: 05/23/2014)

May 23, 2014

May 23, 2014

PACER
50

NOTICE of Attorney Appearance - Pro Hac Vice by Elham R Rabbani on behalf of Signal International LLC, Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0540-4673625. (Rabbani, Elham) (Entered: 05/23/2014)

May 23, 2014

May 23, 2014

PACER
51

NOTICE of Attorney Appearance - Pro Hac Vice by Patricia Bollman on behalf of Signal International LLC, Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0540-4673656. (Bollman, Patricia) (Entered: 05/23/2014)

May 23, 2014

May 23, 2014

PACER
52

Unopposed MOTION for Entry of Consent Orders Regarding Discovery by Muralidharan Arumugam, Muruganandam Arumugam, Satyanarayana Ellapu, Balamurugan Marimuthu, Satheesh Kannan Marimuthu, Moorthy Nadhamuni, Rajendran Sappani, Sammanasunathan Siluvaimuthu, Rajendran Subramani, Venkata Satya Sivagi Ra Talabathulla. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order Regarding Use of Discovery from Related Cases, # 2 Text of Proposed Order Clawback, # 3 Text of Proposed Order Supplemental Protective Order, # 4 Text of Proposed Order Regarding Protocols for the Production of Electronically Stored Information, # 5 Schedules A - E)(Findlay, Michael) (Entered: 06/10/2014)

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3 Text of Proposed Order Supplemental Protective Order

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4 Text of Proposed Order Regarding Protocols for the Production of Electronically

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5 Schedules A - E

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June 10, 2014

June 10, 2014

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ORAL ORDER granting 52 Motion. The oral order granting this motion will operate as a signature of the proposed orders. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 6-11-2014. (Hawthorn, Zack)

June 11, 2014

June 11, 2014

PACER
53

NOTICE of Attorney Appearance - Pro Hac Vice by Lance R Rydberg on behalf of Signal International LLC, Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0540-4740885. (Rydberg, Lance) (Entered: 07/11/2014)

July 11, 2014

July 11, 2014

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54

MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer to Plaintiffs' Complaint by Sachin Dewan, Dewan Consultants PVT, LTD. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Shapiro, Stephen) (Entered: 07/11/2014)

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July 11, 2014

July 11, 2014

PACER
55

ANSWER to 1 Complaint, by Sachin Dewan, Dewan Consultants PVT, LTD.(Shapiro, Stephen) (Entered: 07/11/2014)

July 11, 2014

July 11, 2014

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ORAL ORDER granting 40 Motion to Withdraw as Attorney. Attorney Thomas S Fraser terminated. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 7/14/14. (zjh1)

July 14, 2014

July 14, 2014

PACER
56

ADVISORY ORDER Concerning Page Limitations for Appeals of Magistrate Judge Decisions. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 7/15/14. (mrp, ) (Entered: 07/15/2014)

July 15, 2014

July 15, 2014

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58

ORDER denying 37 Defendants' Motion to Change Venue. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 7/16/14. (mrp, ) (Entered: 07/17/2014)

July 16, 2014

July 16, 2014

PACER
57

APPEAL OF MAGISTRATE JUDGE DECISION to District Court by Malvern C. Burnett, Gulf Coast Immigration Law Center, L.L.C., Law Offices of Malvern C. Burnett, A.P.C. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit)(Cerniglia, Timothy) (Entered: 07/17/2014)

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July 17, 2014

July 17, 2014

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***Document # 23 Motion to Transfer Venue has been terminated. Motion was not terminated at the time Order # 58 was entered. Order # 58 terminated Motions 23 and 37 .*** (mrp, )

July 17, 2014

July 17, 2014

PACER

ORAL ORDER granting 54 Motion for Extension of Time to Answer. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 7/18/14. (zjh1)

July 18, 2014

July 18, 2014

PACER
59

MOTION for Reconsideration re 58 Order by Signal International LLC, Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Hangartner, Erin) Modified on 7/30/2014 (mrp, ). (Entered: 07/29/2014)

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July 29, 2014

July 29, 2014

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60

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF U. S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE DENYING 24 MOTION to Dismiss Pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 12(b)(6). Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 7/30/14. (mrp, ) (Entered: 07/30/2014)

July 30, 2014

July 30, 2014

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61

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF U. S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE that the 36 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction filed by Gulf Coast Immigration Law Center, et al., should be denied because the court has specific personal jurisdiction over the Defendants given the number of alleged tortious acts committed by the Defendants that injured the Plaintiffs within Texas. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 8/1/14. (mrp, ) (Entered: 08/01/2014)

Aug. 1, 2014

Aug. 1, 2014

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62

RESPONSE to 57 Appeal of Magistrate Judge Decision to District Court, 59 Motion for Reconsideration, filed by Muralidharan Arumugam, Muruganandam Arumugam, Satyanarayana Ellapu, Balamurugan Marimuthu, Satheesh Kannan Marimuthu, Moorthy Nadhamuni, Rajendran Sappani, Sammanasunathan Siluvaimuthu, Rajendran Subramani, Venkata Satya Sivagi Ra Talabathulla. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Findlay, Michael) (Entered: 08/04/2014)

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Aug. 4, 2014

Aug. 4, 2014

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63

OBJECTION to 61 Report and Recommendations by Malvern C. Burnett, Gulf Coast Immigration Law Center, L.L.C., Law Offices of Malvern C. Burnett, A.P.C.. (Cerniglia, Timothy) (Entered: 08/12/2014)

Aug. 12, 2014

Aug. 12, 2014

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64

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION GRANTING IN PART THE BURNETT DEFENDANTS' 38 MOTION to Dismiss. The motion should be granted in part as to the Plaintiffs' Ku Klux Klan Act claim because the Plaintiffs failed to allege Burnett was motivated by racial animus. The motion to dismiss should also be granted as to the state law claims on the grounds that the complaint fails to adequately allege the conduct underlying those claims occurred in Texas. However, the Plaintiffs shall have leave to amend their complaint as to the KKKA and state law claims. Burnett's motion should be denied in every other respect because the Plaintiffs sufficiently stated a TVPA claim upon which relief can be granted, and a motion for summary judgment is the proper vehicle to prove the Plaintiffs state law claims are barred by the statute of limitations. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 8/12/14. (mrp, ) (Entered: 08/12/2014)

Aug. 12, 2014

Aug. 12, 2014

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65

NOTICE of Attorney Appearance - Pro Hac Vice by Andrew Francis Johnson on behalf of All Plaintiffs. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0540-4806594. (Johnson, Andrew) (Entered: 08/26/2014)

Aug. 26, 2014

Aug. 26, 2014

PACER
66

OBJECTION to 64 Report and Recommendations by Muralidharan Arumugam, Muruganandam Arumugam, Satyanarayana Ellapu, Balamurugan Marimuthu, Satheesh Kannan Marimuthu, Moorthy Nadhamuni, Rajendran Sappani, Sammanasunathan Siluvaimuthu, Rajendran Subramani, Venkata Satya Sivagi Ra Talabathulla. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Findlay, Michael) (Entered: 08/26/2014)

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Aug. 26, 2014

Aug. 26, 2014

PACER
67

RESPONSE to 63 Objection to Report and Recommendations filed by Muralidharan Arumugam, Muruganandam Arumugam, Satyanarayana Ellapu, Balamurugan Marimuthu, Satheesh Kannan Marimuthu, Moorthy Nadhamuni, Rajendran Sappani, Sammanasunathan Siluvaimuthu, Rajendran Subramani, Venkata Satya Sivagi Ra Talabathulla. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Findlay, Michael) (Entered: 08/29/2014)

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Aug. 29, 2014

Aug. 29, 2014

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68

ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF U. S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE # 61 that 36 Motion to Dismiss/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. is denied. Signed by Judge Marcia A. Crone on 9/9/14. (mrp, ) (Entered: 09/09/2014)

Sept. 9, 2014

Sept. 9, 2014

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69

ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF U. S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE # 64 that the 38 Motion to Dismiss filed by Gulf Coast Immigration Law Center, L.L.C., Malvern C. Burnett, et al., is granted as to the Plaintiff's Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 claim and claims of negligent misrepresentation, fraud, and breach of contract. The Plaintiff are given leave to amend. Signed by Judge Marcia A. Crone on 9/9/14. (mrp, ) (Entered: 09/09/2014)

Sept. 9, 2014

Sept. 9, 2014

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70

ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF U. S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE # 60 that the 24 Motion to Dismiss filed by Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International LLC, Signal International, Inc. is denied. Signed by Judge Marcia A. Crone on 9/9/14. (mrp, ) (Entered: 09/09/2014)

Sept. 9, 2014

Sept. 9, 2014

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71

NOTICE of Attorney Appearance - Pro Hac Vice by Kevin Patrick Maney on behalf of Signal International LLC, Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0540-4832494. (Maney, Kevin) (Entered: 09/12/2014)

Sept. 12, 2014

Sept. 12, 2014

PACER
72

NOTICE of Attorney Appearance - Pro Hac Vice by Robert L Keller, II on behalf of Signal International LLC, Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0540-4832965. (Keller, Robert) (Entered: 09/12/2014)

Sept. 12, 2014

Sept. 12, 2014

PACER
73

NOTICE of Attorney Appearance - Pro Hac Vice by James L Cornblatt on behalf of Signal International LLC, Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0540-4832987. (Cornblatt, James) (Entered: 09/12/2014)

Sept. 12, 2014

Sept. 12, 2014

PACER
74

NOTICE of Attorney Appearance - Pro Hac Vice by Mitchell P Hasenkampf on behalf of Signal International LLC, Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0540-4834386. (Hasenkampf, Mitchell) (Entered: 09/15/2014)

Sept. 15, 2014

Sept. 15, 2014

PACER
75

NOTICE of Attorney Appearance - Pro Hac Vice by Lauren Masur Davis on behalf of Signal International LLC, Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc.. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 0540-4835142. (Davis, Lauren) (Entered: 09/15/2014)

Sept. 15, 2014

Sept. 15, 2014

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76

AMENDED COMPLAINT (First) 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 LLC, Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International, Inc., filed by Rajendran Sappani, Balamurugan Marimuthu, Satheesh Kannan Marimuthu, Moorthy Nadhamuni, Muruganandam Arumugam, Venkata Satya Sivagi Ra Talabathulla, Rajendran Subramani, Muralidharan Arumugam, Sammanasunathan Siluvaimuthu, Satyanarayana Ellapu.(Findlay, Eric) (Entered: 09/16/2014)

Sept. 16, 2014

Sept. 16, 2014

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77

MOTION to Dismiss by Malvern C. Burnett, Gulf Coast Immigration Law Center, L.L.C., Law Offices of Malvern C. Burnett, A.P.C.. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Cerniglia, Timothy) (Entered: 09/29/2014)

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Sept. 29, 2014

Sept. 29, 2014

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78

ANSWER to 76 Amended Complaint,, by Sachin Dewan, Dewan Consultants PVT, LTD.(Shapiro, Stephen) (Entered: 09/30/2014)

Sept. 30, 2014

Sept. 30, 2014

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79

RESPONSE in Opposition re 77 MOTION to Dismiss filed by Muralidharan Arumugam, Muruganandam Arumugam, Satyanarayana Ellapu, Balamurugan Marimuthu, Satheesh Kannan Marimuthu, Moorthy Nadhamuni, Rajendran Sappani, Sammanasunathan Siluvaimuthu, Rajendran Subramani, Venkata Satya Sivagi Ra Talabathulla. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order, # 2 Exhibit A)(Findlay, Eric) (Entered: 10/17/2014)

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Oct. 17, 2014

Oct. 17, 2014

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80

ORDERED that Burnett's 57 Appeal of Magistrate Judge's order, or alternatively objection to Magistrate's report and recommendation to deny motion to transfer venue is denied. Burnett's alternative request for an interlocutory appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is also denied. Signed by Judge Marcia A. Crone on 10/20/2014. (bjc) (Entered: 10/20/2014)

Oct. 20, 2014

Oct. 20, 2014

PACER
81

ORDER denying 59 MOTION for Reconsideration of Magistrate's Decision by Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International Texas, L.P., Signal International LLC, Signal International, Inc.. Signed by Judge Marcia A. Crone on 10/16/2014. (bjc) (Entered: 10/20/2014)

Oct. 20, 2014

Oct. 20, 2014

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82

ANSWER to 76 Amended Complaint,,, 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. by Signal International LLC, Signal International Texas, G.P., Signal International, Inc., Signal International Texas, L.P..(Hangartner, Erin) (Entered: 10/22/2014)

Oct. 22, 2014

Oct. 22, 2014

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83

Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to Complete Discovery for the Parties to Designate Expert Witnesses and Provide Expert Reports by Muralidharan Arumugam, Muruganandam Arumugam, Satyanarayana Ellapu, Balamurugan Marimuthu, Satheesh Kannan Marimuthu, Moorthy Nadhamuni, Rajendran Sappani, Sammanasunathan Siluvaimuthu, Rajendran Subramani, Venkata Satya Sivagi Ra Talabathulla. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Findlay, Eric) (Entered: 10/23/2014)

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Oct. 23, 2014

Oct. 23, 2014

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ORAL ORDER granting 83 Motion for Extension of Time to Designate Expert Witnesses and Provide Expert Reports. Plaintiffs shall designate expert witnesses by November 4, 2014, and Defendants shall designate expert witnesses by December 5, 2014. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 10-23-2014. (zjh1).

Oct. 23, 2014

Oct. 23, 2014

PACER
84

NOTICE by Muralidharan Arumugam, Muruganandam Arumugam, Balamurugan Marimuthu, Satheesh Kannan Marimuthu, Moorthy Nadhamuni, Rajendran Sappani, Sammanasunathan Siluvaimuthu, Rajendran Subramani, Venkata Satya Sivagi Ra Talabathulla of Rule 26 Expert Witness Disclosures (Findlay, Eric) (Entered: 11/05/2014)

Nov. 5, 2014

Nov. 5, 2014

PACER
85

ANSWER to 76 Amended Complaint,, by Malvern C. Burnett, Gulf Coast Immigration Law Center, L.L.C., Law Offices of Malvern C. Burnett, A.P.C..(Cerniglia, Timothy) (Entered: 11/06/2014)

Nov. 6, 2014

Nov. 6, 2014

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86

ANSWER to 82 Answer to Amended Complaint, Crossclaim,, by Malvern C. Burnett, Gulf Coast Immigration Law Center, L.L.C., Law Offices of Malvern C. Burnett, A.P.C..(Cerniglia, Timothy) (Entered: 11/06/2014)

Nov. 6, 2014

Nov. 6, 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

Key Dates

Filing Date: Aug. 7, 2013

Case Ongoing: Yes

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

10 Indian guestworkers fraudulently 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

Indo-Amerisoft, L.L.C. (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

42 U.S.C. § 1985

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

Special Case Type(s):

Multi-District Litigation (MDL)

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Private Settlement Agreement

Amount Defendant Pays: $5,000,000

Issues

General:

Bathing and hygiene

Disparate Treatment

Food service / nutrition / hydration

Housing

Loss or damage to property

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