Case: Alma v. Noah's Ark Processors, LLC

4:20-cv-03141 | U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska

Filed Date: Nov. 23, 2020

Closed Date: March 1, 2021

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Case Summary

This is a case about a meat processing plant that refused to implement basic COVID-19 precautions such as physical distancing, face masks, sick leave, and onsite testing, despite it being a uniquely susceptible environment for COVID-19. On November 23, 2020, three former employees at Noah’s Ark meat processing plant and a doctor filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska. The plaintiffs sued Noah’s Ark Processors under the Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201…

This is a case about a meat processing plant that refused to implement basic COVID-19 precautions such as physical distancing, face masks, sick leave, and onsite testing, despite it being a uniquely susceptible environment for COVID-19. On November 23, 2020, three former employees at Noah’s Ark meat processing plant and a doctor filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska. The plaintiffs sued Noah’s Ark Processors under the Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201. Represented by ACLU of Nebraska, ACLU national, and a private firm, the plaintiffs sought: a declaration that the defendant had caused a public nuisance, violated its common-law duty to provide a reasonably safe workplace, and violated the Families First Coronavirus Response Act; an injunction requiring the plant to follow COVID-19 precautions; and attorney’s fees and costs. The case was assigned to Judge John M. Gerrard and Magistrate Judge Cheryl R. Zwart.

On December 3, 2020, the plaintiffs filed a motion for preliminary injunction. Defendants opposed it, and also filed a motion to dismiss.  On March 1, 2021, Judge Gerrard granted the defendant’s motion to dismiss the case due to lack of standing, since none of the plaintiffs any longer worked at Noahs’ Ark Processors. 2021 WL 781287.  

This case is now closed.

Summary Authors

Michelle Landry (6/9/2022)

Michelle Landry (6/13/2022)

People

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Judge(s)

Gerrard, John Melvin (Nebraska)

Attorney for Plaintiff

Amdur, Spencer Elijah (Nebraska)

Chaloupka, Maren L. (Nebraska)

Gelernt, Lee (Nebraska)

Attorney for Defendant

Betterman, W. Patrick (Nebraska)

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Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document
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4:20-cv-03141

Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief and Designation of Place of Trial

Nov. 23, 2020

Nov. 23, 2020

Complaint
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4:20-cv-03141

Brief in Support of Motion for Preliminary Injunction

Dec. 3, 2020

Dec. 3, 2020

Pleading / Motion / Brief
63

4:20-cv-03141

Memorandum and Order

March 1, 2021

March 1, 2021

Order/Opinion

2021 WL 2021

Docket

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Last updated March 6, 2024, 3:05 a.m.

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COMPLAINT against Noah's Ark Processors, LLC ( Filing fee $ 400, receipt number ANEDC-4285184), by Attorney Adam J. Sipple on behalf of Daniel J. Leonard, Alma, Isabel, Antonio (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(Sipple, Adam) (Entered: 11/23/2020)

1 Civil Cover Sheet

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Nov. 23, 2020

Nov. 23, 2020

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MOTION for Leave to Proceed Under Pseudonyms by Attorney Adam J. Sipple on behalf of Plaintiffs Alma, Antonio, Isabel, Daniel J. Leonard. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Alma, # 2 Declaration of Isabel, # 3 Declaration of Antonio, # 4 Declaration of Rosangela Godinez, # 5 Declaration of Darcy Tromanhauser, # 6 Declaration of Gladys Godinez, # 7 Declaration of Sergio Sosa)(Sipple, Adam) (Entered: 11/23/2020)

Nov. 23, 2020

Nov. 23, 2020

PACER
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Summons Requested as to Noah's Ark Processors, LLC regarding Complaint, 1 . (Sipple, Adam) (Entered: 11/23/2020)

Nov. 23, 2020

Nov. 23, 2020

PACER
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MOTION for Admission Pro Hac Vice of Spencer E. Amdur Filing fee $ 100, receipt number ANEDC-4285335 by Attorney Spencer Elijah Wittmann Amdur on behalf of Plaintiffs Alma, Antonio, Isabel, Daniel J. Leonard.(Amdur, Spencer) (Entered: 11/23/2020)

Nov. 23, 2020

Nov. 23, 2020

PACER
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MOTION for Admission Pro Hac Vice Filing fee $ 100, receipt number ANEDC-4285430 by Attorney Julie Veroff on behalf of Plaintiffs Alma, Antonio, Isabel, Daniel J. Leonard.(Veroff, Julie) (Entered: 11/23/2020)

Nov. 23, 2020

Nov. 23, 2020

PACER
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TEXT ORDER granting Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice 4 for attorney Spencer Elijah Wittmann Amdur. Ordered by Deputy Clerk. (JLS) (Entered: 11/23/2020)

Nov. 23, 2020

Nov. 23, 2020

PACER
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TEXT ORDER granting Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice 5 for attorney Julie Veroff. Ordered by Deputy Clerk. (JLS) (Entered: 11/23/2020)

Nov. 23, 2020

Nov. 23, 2020

PACER
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TEXT NOTICE OF JUDGES ASSIGNED: Chief Judge John M. Gerrard and Magistrate Judge Cheryl R. Zwart assigned. In accordance with 28 U.S.C. 636(c)(2), the parties are notified that, if all parties consent, a magistrate judge may conduct a civil action or proceeding, including a jury or nonjury trial, subject to the courts rules and policies governing the assignment of judges in civil cases. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 73; NEGenR 1.4. (LRM) (Entered: 11/23/2020)

Nov. 23, 2020

Nov. 23, 2020

PACER
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ATTORNEY LETTER by Clerk that Attorney Lee Gelernt has not registered for admittance to practice nor registered for the system. If the requested action is not taken within fifteen (15) days of the date of this letter, this matter will be referred to the assigned magistrate judge for the entry of a show cause order. (LRM) (Entered: 11/23/2020)

Nov. 23, 2020

Nov. 23, 2020

PACER
10

ATTORNEY LETTER by Clerk that Attorney Noor Zafar has not registered for admittance to practice nor registered for the system. If the requested action is not taken within fifteen (15) days of the date of this letter, this matter will be referred to the assigned magistrate judge for the entry of a show cause order. (LRM) (Entered: 11/23/2020)

Nov. 23, 2020

Nov. 23, 2020

PACER
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Summons Issued as to defendant Noah's Ark Processors, LLC. YOU MUST PRINT YOUR ISSUED SUMMONS, WHICH ARE ATTACHED TO THIS DOCUMENT. PAPER COPIES WILL NOT BE MAILED. (LRM) (Entered: 11/23/2020)

Nov. 23, 2020

Nov. 23, 2020

PACER

Order on Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice

Nov. 23, 2020

Nov. 23, 2020

PACER

Assignment of Judges

Nov. 23, 2020

Nov. 23, 2020

PACER
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MOTION for Admission Pro Hac Vice Filing fee $ 100, receipt number ANEDC-4287080 by Attorney Lee Gelernt on behalf of Plaintiffs Alma, Antonio, Isabel, Daniel J. Leonard.(Gelernt, Lee) (Entered: 11/24/2020)

Nov. 24, 2020

Nov. 24, 2020

PACER
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MOTION for Admission Pro Hac Vice Filing fee $ 100, receipt number ANEDC-4287084 by Attorney Noor Zafar on behalf of Plaintiffs Alma, Antonio, Isabel, Daniel J. Leonard.(Zafar, Noor) (Entered: 11/24/2020)

Nov. 24, 2020

Nov. 24, 2020

PACER
14

TEXT ORDER granting Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice 12 for attorney Lee Gelernt. Ordered by Deputy Clerk. (JLS) (Entered: 11/24/2020)

Nov. 24, 2020

Nov. 24, 2020

PACER
15

TEXT ORDER granting Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice 13 for attorney Noor Zafar. Ordered by Deputy Clerk. (JLS) (Entered: 11/24/2020)

Nov. 24, 2020

Nov. 24, 2020

PACER

Order on Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice

Nov. 24, 2020

Nov. 24, 2020

PACER
16

SUMMONS Returned Executed upon defendant Noah's Ark Processors, LLC on 12/1/2020. (Sipple, Adam) (Entered: 12/03/2020)

Dec. 3, 2020

Dec. 3, 2020

PACER
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MOTION for Preliminary Injunction by Attorney Spencer Elijah Wittmann Amdur on behalf of Plaintiffs Alma, Antonio, Isabel, Daniel J. Leonard.(Amdur, Spencer) (Entered: 12/03/2020)

Dec. 3, 2020

Dec. 3, 2020

PACER
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BRIEF in support of MOTION for Preliminary Injunction 17 by Attorney Spencer Elijah Wittmann Amdur on behalf of Plaintiffs Alma, Antonio, Isabel, Daniel J. Leonard.(Amdur, Spencer) (Entered: 12/03/2020)

Dec. 3, 2020

Dec. 3, 2020

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INDEX in support of MOTION for Preliminary Injunction 17 by Attorney Spencer Elijah Wittmann Amdur on behalf of Plaintiffs Alma, Antonio, Isabel, Daniel J. Leonard. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - Declaration of Sarah Mujahid ISO Motion for Preliminary Injunction, # 2 Exhibit B - Declaration of Alma, # 3 Exhibit C - Declaration of Isabel, # 4 Exhibit D - Declaration of Antonio, # 5 Exhibit E - Declaration of Daniel J. Leonard, # 6 Exhibit F - Second Declaration of Rosangela Godinez with Attachments, # 7 Exhibit G - Declaration of Robert Harrison, # 8 Exhibit H - Declaration of Melissa Perry, # 9 Exhibit I - Declaration of Mark Lauritsen, # 10 Exhibit J - Declaration of Jacob Lemieux, # 11 Exhibit K - Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division 2020 Citation, # 12 Exhibit L - CDC Report Sioux Falls Outbreak, # 13 Exhibit M - Mother Jones Plant Outbreak Article, # 14 Exhibit N - Academy of Science Study on Livestock Plants and COVID Transmission, # 15 Exhibit O - Tyson Foods WaPo Article, # 16 Exhibit P - Smithfield Foods COVID Testing Article, # 17 Exhibit Q - OSHA and CDC Guidance for Meat and Poultry Workers, # 18 Exhibit R - Article on Rural Meatpacking Plants and Community Spread, # 19 Exhibit S - WaPo Article on COVID Surge, # 20 Exhibit T - 2019 OSHA Citation Issued to Noah's Ark Processors, LLC, # 21 Exhibit U - 2012 Article regarding Nebraska Prime Group Fines and Citations, # 22 Exhibit V - CDC Guidance for Expanded Testing, # 23 Exhibit W - WaPo Article on OSHA Fines, # 24 Exhibit X - DOL OSHA Letter Denying ETS Petition, # 25 Exhibit Y - Massey v McDonalds PI Order, # 26 Exhibit Z - Hernandez v VES McDonalds TRO Order)(Amdur, Spencer) (Entered: 12/03/2020)

Dec. 3, 2020

Dec. 3, 2020

PACER
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ORDER - that moving plaintiffs' motion to proceed by pseudonym (Filing No. 2 ) is granted as outlined herein. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Cheryl R. Zwart. (LKO) (Entered: 12/09/2020)

Dec. 9, 2020

Dec. 9, 2020

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FINAL MOTION for Extension of Time to File a Responsive Pleading by Attorney W. Patrick Betterman on behalf of Defendant Noah's Ark Processors, LLC.(Betterman, W.) (Entered: 12/14/2020)

Dec. 14, 2020

Dec. 14, 2020

PACER
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BRIEF in opposition to FINAL MOTION for Extension of Time to File a Responsive Pleading 21 by Attorney Spencer Elijah Wittmann Amdur on behalf of Plaintiffs Alma, Antonio, Isabel, Daniel J. Leonard.(Amdur, Spencer) (Entered: 12/14/2020)

Dec. 14, 2020

Dec. 14, 2020

PACER
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OBJECTION TO MAGISTRATE JUDGE'S ORDER Granting Leave to Proceed Under Pseudonyms regarding Order on Motion for Leave 20 by Attorney W. Patrick Betterman on behalf of Defendant Noah's Ark Processors, LLC.(Betterman, W.) (Entered: 12/15/2020)

Dec. 15, 2020

Dec. 15, 2020

PACER
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BRIEF in support of OBJECTION TO MAGISTRATE JUDGE'S ORDER Granting Leave to Proceed Under Pseudonyms regarding Order on Motion for Leave 20 23 by Attorney W. Patrick Betterman on behalf of Defendant Noah's Ark Processors, LLC.(Betterman, W.) (Entered: 12/15/2020)

Dec. 15, 2020

Dec. 15, 2020

PACER
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ORDER - The defendant's motion for extension of time (filing 21 ) is granted in part. The defendant may answer or otherwise respond to the plaintiff's complaint on or before January 11, 2021. The defendant's request for an extension of time to respond to the plaintiff's motion for a preliminary injunction (filing 17 ) is denied. The defendant shall respond to the plaintiff's motion for a preliminary injunction (filing 17 ) on or before December 21, 2020. The plaintiff may reply in support of its motion on or before December 28, 2020. The defendant's request for expedited discovery is denied. No hearing or argument will be set at this time. Ordered by Chief Judge John M. Gerrard. (LKO) (Entered: 12/16/2020)

Dec. 16, 2020

Dec. 16, 2020

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FINAL MOTION to Strike Index,,,,,,, 19 All declarations and exhibits except Filing Nos.19-17 and 19-25 by Attorney W. Patrick Betterman on behalf of Defendant Noah's Ark Processors, LLC.(Betterman, W.) (Entered: 12/21/2020)

Dec. 21, 2020

Dec. 21, 2020

PACER
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INDEX in opposition to MOTION for Preliminary Injunction 17 by Attorney W. Patrick Betterman on behalf of Defendant Noah's Ark Processors, LLC. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit Exhibit 1 Declaration of Lidia Acosta ACCESS TO THE PDF DOCUMENT IS RESTRICTED TO CASE PARTICIPANTS AND THE COURT, # 2 Affidavit Exhibit 2 Declaracion De Angela Fernandez Alvarez, # 3 Affidavit Exhibit 3 Declaracion De Delfin Y. Moralesl Artiaga, # 4 Affidavit Exhibit 4 Declaration of W. Patrick Betterman, # 5 Affidavit Exhibit 5 Declaracion De Alexander Wilson Canela, # 6 Affidavit Exhibit 6 Declaracion De Juan Caseras, # 7 Affidavit Exhibit 7 Declaracion De Omar Colon, # 8 Affidavit Exhibit 8 Declaration of Denise DeLeon, # 9 Affidavit Exhibit 9 Declaracion De Jasmine Dolores, # 10 Affidavit Exhibit 10 Declaracion De Maximo Gonzalez Escalona, # 11 Affidavit Exhibit 11 Declaracion De Randy Ferreira, # 12 Affidavit Exhibit 12 Declaracion De Xavier Foust, # 13 Affidavit Exhibit 13 Declaracion De Christian Cruz Garcia, # 14 Affidavit Exhibit 14 Declaracion De Harim A. Gary, # 15 Affidavit Exhibit 15 Declaracion De Ereberto Gonzalez, # 16 Affidavit Exhibit 16 Declaracion De Pedro Gutierrez, # 17 Affidavit Exhibit 17 Declaration of Michael Helzer ACCESS TO THE PDF DOCUMENT IS RESTRICTED TO CASE PARTICIPANTS AND THE COURT, # 18 Affidavit Exhibit 18 Declaracion De Lenan Valdez Lezcano, # 19 Affidavit Exhibit 19 Declaracion De Angel Manzano ACCESS TO THE PDF DOCUMENT IS RESTRICTED TO CASE PARTICIPANTS AND THE COURT, # 20 Affidavit Exhibit 20 Declaracion De Yuliet Martinez, # 21 Affidavit Exhibit 21 Declaracion De Lianet Manso Martinez, # 22 Affidavit Exhibit 22 Declaracion De Elizabeth Molina, # 23 Affidavit Exhibit 24 Declaracion De Marquis Ortiz, # 24 Affidavit Exhibit 25 Declaracion De Osnil Quesada, # 25 Affidavit Exhibit 26 Declaracion De Efrain Centeno Rodriguez, # 26 Affidavit Exhibit 27 Declaracion De CARLOS VELEZ RODRIGUEZ / Canos Veles)(Betterman, W.) Modified on 12/23/2020 to restrict (DCD) (Entered: 12/21/2020)

Dec. 21, 2020

Dec. 21, 2020

PACER
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BRIEF in opposition to MOTION for Preliminary Injunction 17 by Attorney W. Patrick Betterman on behalf of Defendant Noah's Ark Processors, LLC. ACCESS TO THE PDF DOCUMENT IS RESTRICTED TO CASE PARTICIPANTS AND THE COURT (Betterman, W.) Modified on 12/22/2020 to restrict (DCD) (Entered: 12/21/2020)

Dec. 21, 2020

Dec. 21, 2020

PACER
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MOTION for Leave to Correct Index and Declarations by Attorney W. Patrick Betterman on behalf of Defendant Noah's Ark Processors, LLC.(Betterman, W.) (Entered: 12/22/2020)

Dec. 22, 2020

Dec. 22, 2020

PACER
30

TEXT ORDER granting 29 Motion for Leave. The defendant may correct any errors or omissions in its index of evidence on or before December 24, 2020. The plaintiffs may reply in support of their motion for preliminary injunction 17 on or before December 31, 2020. The plaintiffs' motion will be deemed submitted to the Court upon filing of their reply, subject to consideration of the defendant's motion 26 to strike. Ordered by Chief Judge John M. Gerrard. (DCD) (Entered: 12/22/2020)

Dec. 22, 2020

Dec. 22, 2020

PACER
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MOTION to file under Seal EMERGENCY MOTION by Attorney Spencer Elijah Wittmann Amdur on behalf of Plaintiffs Alma, Antonio, Isabel, Daniel J. Leonard. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit SEALED EXHIBIT)(Amdur, Spencer) (Entered: 12/22/2020)

Dec. 22, 2020

Dec. 22, 2020

PACER
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TEXT ORDER granting 31 Motion to Seal. Access to the documents will be limited to case participants. Ordered by Chief Judge John M. Gerrard. (DCD) (Entered: 12/22/2020)

Dec. 22, 2020

Dec. 22, 2020

PACER
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BRIEF in opposition to MOTION for Preliminary Injunction 17 (Redacted Version) by Attorney W. Patrick Betterman on behalf of Defendant Noah's Ark Processors, LLC.(Betterman, W.) (Entered: 12/22/2020)

Dec. 22, 2020

Dec. 22, 2020

PACER

Order on Motion for Leave

Dec. 22, 2020

Dec. 22, 2020

PACER

Order on Motion to Seal

Dec. 22, 2020

Dec. 22, 2020

PACER
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INDEX in opposition to MOTION for Preliminary Injunction 17 by Attorney W. Patrick Betterman on behalf of Defendant Noah's Ark Processors, LLC. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 Redacted Declaracion of Lidia Acosta, # 2 Exhibit 2 Declaracion De Angela Fernandez Alvarez, # 3 Exhibit 3 Declaracion De Delfin Y. Morales Artiaga, # 4 Exhibit 4 Declaration of W. Patrick Betterman, # 5 Exhibit 5 Declaracion De Alexander Wilson Canela, # 6 Exhibit 6 Declaracion De Juan Caseras, # 7 Exhibit 7 Declaracion De Omar Colon, # 8 Exhibit 8 Declaration of Denise DeLeon, # 9 Exhibit 9 Declaracion De Jasmine Dolores, # 10 Exhibit 10 Declaracion De Maximo Gonzalez Escalona, # 11 Exhibit 11 Declaracion De Randy Ferreira, # 12 Exhibit 12 Declaracion De Xavier Foust, # 13 Exhibit 13 Declaracion De Christian Cruz Garcia, # 14 Exhibit 14 Declaracion De Harim A. Gary, # 15 Exhibit 15 Declaracion De Ereberto Gonzalez, # 16 Exhibit 16 Declaracion De Pedro Gutierrez, # 17 Exhibit 17 Redacted Declaration of Michael Helzer, # 18 Exhibit 18 Declaracion De Lenan Valdez Lezcano, # 19 Exhibit 19Redacted Declaracion De Angel Manzano, # 20 Exhibit 20 Declaracion De Yuliet Martinez, # 21 Exhibit 21 Declaracion De Lianet Manso Martinez, # 22 Exhibit 22 Declaracion De Elizabeth Molina, # 23 Exhibit 23 Declaration of Walter Nodine, # 24 Exhibit 24 Declaracion De Marquis Ortiz, # 25 Exhibit 25 Declaracion De Osnil Quesada, # 26 Exhibit 26 Declaracion De Efrain Centeno Rodriguez, # 27 Exhibit 27 Declaracion De Carlos Veles Rodriguez)(Betterman, W.) (Entered: 12/24/2020)

Dec. 24, 2020

Dec. 24, 2020

PACER
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MOTION TO SUBMIT ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE UNDER LOCAL RULE 72.2(b)(1) by Attorney Noor Zafar on behalf of Plaintiffs Alma, Antonio, Isabel, Daniel J. Leonard.(Zafar, Noor) (Entered: 12/28/2020)

Dec. 28, 2020

Dec. 28, 2020

PACER
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INDEX in support of MOTION TO SUBMIT ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE UNDER LOCAL RULE 72.2(b)(1) 35 by Attorney Noor Zafar on behalf of Plaintiffs Alma, Antonio, Isabel, Daniel J. Leonard. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Spencer Amdur, # 2 Exhibit A to Declaration of Spencer Amdur - Dougherty Demand Letter, # 3 Exhibit B to Declaration of Spencer Amdur - Amdur Demand Letter, # 4 Exhibit C to Declaration of Spencer Amdur - Mukpo Demand Letter, # 5 Exhibit D to Declaration of Spencer Amdur - Godinez Demand Letter)(Zafar, Noor) (Entered: 12/28/2020)

Dec. 28, 2020

Dec. 28, 2020

PACER
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BRIEF in opposition to OBJECTION TO MAGISTRATE JUDGE'S ORDER Granting Leave to Proceed Under Pseudonyms regarding Order on Motion for Leave 20 23 by Attorney Noor Zafar on behalf of Plaintiffs Alma, Antonio, Isabel, Daniel J. Leonard.(Zafar, Noor) (Entered: 12/28/2020)

Dec. 28, 2020

Dec. 28, 2020

PACER
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NOTICE of Change of Address by Attorney Maren L. Chaloupka on behalf of Plaintiffs Alma, Antonio, Isabel, Daniel J. Leonard (Chaloupka, Maren) (Entered: 12/30/2020)

Dec. 30, 2020

Dec. 30, 2020

PACER
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INDEX in support of MOTION for Preliminary Injunction 17 by Attorney Spencer Elijah Wittmann Amdur on behalf of Plaintiffs Alma, Antonio, Isabel, Daniel J. Leonard. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 - Supplemental Declaration of Alma, # 2 Exhibit 2 - Supplemental Declaration of Isabel, # 3 Exhibit 3 - Supplemental Declaration of Antonio with attachment, # 4 Exhibit 4 - Supplemental Declaration of Rosangela Godinez with attachments, # 5 Exhibit 5 - Declaration of Michael Felsen)(Amdur, Spencer) (Entered: 12/30/2020)

Dec. 30, 2020

Dec. 30, 2020

PACER
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REPLY BRIEF in support of MOTION for Preliminary Injunction 17 by Attorney Spencer Elijah Wittmann Amdur on behalf of Plaintiffs Alma, Antonio, Isabel, Daniel J. Leonard.(Amdur, Spencer) (Entered: 12/30/2020)

Dec. 30, 2020

Dec. 30, 2020

PACER
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BRIEF in opposition to FINAL MOTION to Strike Index,,,,,,, 19 All declarations and exhibits except Filing Nos.19-17 and 19-25 26 by Attorney Spencer Elijah Wittmann Amdur on behalf of Plaintiffs Alma, Antonio, Isabel, Daniel J. Leonard.(Amdur, Spencer) (Entered: 12/30/2020)

Dec. 30, 2020

Dec. 30, 2020

PACER
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MOTION for Leave To Submit Additional Evidence and an Additional Brief Under Local Rules 72.2(a) and 72.2(b)(1) by Attorney W. Patrick Betterman on behalf of Defendant Noah's Ark Processors, LLC.(Betterman, W.) (Entered: 01/04/2021)

Jan. 4, 2021

Jan. 4, 2021

PACER
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BRIEF in support of MOTION for Leave To Submit Additional Evidence and an Additional Brief Under Local Rules 72.2(a) and 72.2(b)(1) 42 and in Resistance to Plaintiffs' Motion to Submit Additional Evidence Under Local Rule 72.2(b)(1) by Attorney W. Patrick Betterman on behalf of Defendant Noah's Ark Processors, LLC.(Betterman, W.) (Entered: 01/04/2021)

Jan. 4, 2021

Jan. 4, 2021

PACER
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OBJECTION to Motion for Preliminary Injunction 17 Declarations and Exhibits offered by Plaintiffs at Filing Nos. 19-1 to 19-16 and 19-18 to 19-26 by Attorney W. Patrick Betterman on behalf of Defendant Noah's Ark Processors, LLC.(Betterman, W.) (Entered: 01/05/2021)

Jan. 5, 2021

Jan. 5, 2021

PACER
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BRIEF in support of OBJECTION to Motion for Preliminary Injunction 17 Declarations and Exhibits offered by Plaintiffs at Filing Nos. 19-1 to 19-16 and 19-18 to 19-26 44 by Attorney W. Patrick Betterman on behalf of Defendant Noah's Ark Processors, LLC.(Betterman, W.) (Entered: 01/06/2021)

Jan. 5, 2021

Jan. 5, 2021

PACER
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Certificate regarding OBJECTION to Motion for Preliminary Injunction 17 Declarations and Exhibits offered by Plaintiffs at Filing Nos. 19-1 to 19-16 and 19-18 to 19-26 44 and Noah's Brief in Support of Objection by Attorney W. Patrick Betterman on behalf of Defendant Noah's Ark Processors, LLC.(Betterman, W.) (Entered: 01/06/2021)

Jan. 6, 2021

Jan. 6, 2021

PACER
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NOTICE of Changed Authority by Attorney Spencer Elijah Wittmann Amdur on behalf of Plaintiffs Alma, Antonio, Isabel, Daniel J. Leonard (Amdur, Spencer) (Entered: 01/06/2021)

Jan. 6, 2021

Jan. 6, 2021

RECAP
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OBJECTION to Motion for Preliminary Injunction 17 Declarations and Exhibits offered by Plaintiffs at Filing Nos. 39-1 to 39-5 by Attorney W. Patrick Betterman on behalf of Defendant Noah's Ark Processors, LLC.(Betterman, W.) (Entered: 01/06/2021)

Jan. 6, 2021

Jan. 6, 2021

PACER
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BRIEF in opposition to OBJECTION to Motion for Preliminary Injunction 17 Declarations and Exhibits offered by Plaintiffs at Filing Nos. 19-1 to 19-16 and 19-18 to 19-26 44, OBJECTION to Motion for Preliminary Injunction 17 Declarations and Exhibits offered by Plaintiffs at Filing Nos. 39-1 to 39-5 48 by Attorney Spencer Elijah Wittmann Amdur on behalf of Plaintiffs Alma, Antonio, Isabel, Daniel J. Leonard.(Amdur, Spencer) (Entered: 01/08/2021)

Jan. 8, 2021

Jan. 8, 2021

Clearinghouse
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MOTION TO DISMISS FOR FAILURE TO STATE A CLAIM AND LACK OF SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION by Attorney W. Patrick Betterman on behalf of Defendant Noah's Ark Processors, LLC.(Betterman, W.) (Entered: 01/11/2021)

Jan. 11, 2021

Jan. 11, 2021

PACER
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BRIEF in support of MOTION TO DISMISS FOR FAILURE TO STATE A CLAIM AND LACK OF SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION 50 by Attorney W. Patrick Betterman on behalf of Defendant Noah's Ark Processors, LLC.(Betterman, W.) (Entered: 01/11/2021)

Jan. 11, 2021

Jan. 11, 2021

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TEXT NOTICE REGARDING CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT by Deputy Clerk as to Defendant Noah's Ark Processors, LLC. Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 7.1, non-governmental corporate parties are required to file Corporate Disclosure Statements (Statements). The parties shall use the form Corporate Disclosure Statement, available on the Web site of the court at http://www.ned.uscourts.gov/forms/. If you have not filed your Statement, you must do so within 15 days of the date of this notice. If you have already filed your Statement in this case, you are reminded to file a Supplemental Statement within a reasonable time of any change in the information that the statement requires. (KMM) (Entered: 01/12/2021)

Jan. 12, 2021

Jan. 12, 2021

PACER

Notice Regarding Corporate Disclosure Statement

Jan. 12, 2021

Jan. 12, 2021

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BRIEF in support of OBJECTION to Motion for Preliminary Injunction 17 Declarations and Exhibits offered by Plaintiffs at Filing Nos. 19-1 to 19-16 and 19-18 to 19-26 44, OBJECTION to Motion for Preliminary Injunction 17 Declarations and Exhibits offered by Plaintiffs at Filing Nos. 39-1 to 39-5 48 by Attorney W. Patrick Betterman on behalf of Defendant Noah's Ark Processors, LLC.(Betterman, W.) (Entered: 01/13/2021)

Jan. 13, 2021

Jan. 13, 2021

PACER
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CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 7.1 of Noah's Ark Processors, LLC by Attorney W. Patrick Betterman on behalf of Defendant Noah's Ark Processors, LLC.(Betterman, W.) (Entered: 01/13/2021)

Jan. 13, 2021

Jan. 13, 2021

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BRIEF in opposition to MOTION TO DISMISS FOR FAILURE TO STATE A CLAIM AND LACK OF SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION 50 by Attorney Spencer Elijah Wittmann Amdur on behalf of Plaintiffs Alma, Antonio, Isabel, Daniel J. Leonard.(Amdur, Spencer) (Entered: 01/20/2021)

Jan. 20, 2021

Jan. 20, 2021

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BRIEF in support of MOTION TO DISMISS FOR FAILURE TO STATE A CLAIM AND LACK OF SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION 50 by Attorney W. Patrick Betterman on behalf of Defendant Noah's Ark Processors, LLC.(Betterman, W.) (Entered: 01/27/2021)

Jan. 27, 2021

Jan. 27, 2021

PACER
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Certificate regarding MOTION TO DISMISS FOR FAILURE TO STATE A CLAIM AND LACK OF SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION 50 in Defendant's Reply Brief (Filing No. 56) by Attorney W. Patrick Betterman on behalf of Defendant Noah's Ark Processors, LLC.(Betterman, W.) (Entered: 01/29/2021)

Jan. 29, 2021

Jan. 29, 2021

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SUPPLEMENTAL MOTION to Dismiss FOR LACK OF SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION by Attorney W. Patrick Betterman on behalf of Defendant Noah's Ark Processors, LLC.(Betterman, W.) (Entered: 02/11/2021)

Feb. 11, 2021

Feb. 11, 2021

PACER
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BRIEF in support of SUPPLEMENTAL MOTION to Dismiss FOR LACK OF SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION 58 by Attorney W. Patrick Betterman on behalf of Defendant Noah's Ark Processors, LLC.(Betterman, W.) (Entered: 02/11/2021)

Feb. 11, 2021

Feb. 11, 2021

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MOTION to Stay Defendant's Second Consecutive Motion To Dismiss by Attorney Spencer Elijah Wittmann Amdur on behalf of Plaintiffs Alma, Antonio, Isabel, Daniel J. Leonard.(Amdur, Spencer) (Entered: 02/16/2021)

Feb. 16, 2021

Feb. 16, 2021

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BRIEF in opposition to MOTION to Stay Defendant's Second Consecutive Motion To Dismiss 60 by Attorney W. Patrick Betterman on behalf of Defendant Noah's Ark Processors, LLC.(Betterman, W.) (Entered: 02/17/2021)

Feb. 17, 2021

Feb. 17, 2021

RECAP
62

TEXT ORDER denying 58 Motion to Dismiss; denying as moot 60 Motion to Stay. The defendant's second motion to dismiss 58 is denied without prejudice to reassertion upon disposition of other pending motions. The plaintiffs' motion to stay 60 is denied as moot. Ordered by Chief Judge John M. Gerrard. (DCD) (Entered: 02/18/2021)

Feb. 18, 2021

Feb. 18, 2021

PACER

Order on Motion to Stay AND Order on Motion to Dismiss

Feb. 18, 2021

Feb. 18, 2021

PACER
63

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - Noah's Ark's motion to dismiss (filing 50 ) is granted. The plaintiffs' complaint is dismissed. All other pending motions are denied as moot, and all pending objections are overruled as moot. A separate judgment will be entered. Ordered by Chief Judge John M. Gerrard. (LKO) (Entered: 03/01/2021)

March 1, 2021

March 1, 2021

Clearinghouse
64

JUDGMENT - For the reasons stated in the accompanying memorandum and order, the plaintiffs' complaint is dismissed. Ordered by Chief Judge John M. Gerrard. (LKO) (Entered: 03/01/2021)

March 1, 2021

March 1, 2021

PACER
65

MOTION to Withdraw as Attorney Julie Veroff by Attorney Spencer Elijah Wittmann Amdur on behalf of Plaintiffs Alma, Antonio, Isabel, Daniel J. Leonard.(Amdur, Spencer) (Entered: 03/03/2021)

March 3, 2021

March 3, 2021

PACER
66

ORDER - that the motion to withdraw filed by Julie Veroff, as counsel of record for Plaintiffs, (Filing No. 65 ), is granted. Julie Veroff shall no longer receive electronic notice in this case. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Cheryl R. Zwart. (LKO) (Entered: 03/04/2021)

March 4, 2021

March 4, 2021

RECAP

Case Details

State / Territory: Nebraska

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

Key Dates

Filing Date: Nov. 23, 2020

Closing Date: March 1, 2021

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Three former employees at Noah’s Ark meat processing plant and a doctor treating COVID-19 patients from the meatpacking community

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

ACLU National (all projects)

ACLU Affiliates (any)

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Noah's Ark Processors, LLC, Private Entity/Person

Facility Type(s):

Non-government for-profit

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

Available Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Non-settlement Outcome

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Defendant

Nature of Relief:

None

Source of Relief:

None

Issues

General/Misc.:

Buildings

Sanitation / living conditions

COVID-19:

Mitigation Denied

Mitigation Requested

Disability and Disability Rights:

Reasonable Accommodations

Reasonable Modifications

Policing:

Inadequate citizen complaint investigations and procedures