Case: Ruderman v. McHenry County

3:22-cv-50115 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Filed Date: April 15, 2022

Case Ongoing

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Case Summary

On April 15, 2022, six individuals who were at the time or formerly civilly-detained immigrants ("the plaintiffs") brought this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against McHenry County and the county's sheriff on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated. The plaintiffs alleged violations of the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act (“TVPA”) and state law because they were subjected to forced labor while housed at a detention center in Illinois. Specifically, the plaintiffs claimed that they were forced to perform various janitorial and maintenance services without compensation and against their will in violation of the TVPA and Illinois state law. As such, the plaintiffs sought certification of the proposed class and damages in an amount exceeding $5,000,000 in addition to attorney's fees. As of June 4, 2022, this case is ongoing.

Summary Authors

Richa Bijlani (6/4/2022)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

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3:22-cv-50115

Class Action Complaint for Forced Labor

April 15, 2022

April 15, 2022

Complaint

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/63241090/ruderman-v-mchenry-county/

Last updated July 24, 2022, 3:18 a.m.

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COMPLAINT FORCED LABOR CLASS ACTION filed by Aleksey Ruderman; Jury Demand. Filing fee $ 402, receipt number 0752-19348553. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(Kumar, Jay) (Entered: 04/15/2022)

1 Civil Cover Sheet

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April 15, 2022

April 15, 2022

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ATTORNEY Appearance for Plaintiffs Basaru Asolo, Jason Clarke, Jahat Evelyn, James Forero, Chris Pocknell, Aleksey Ruderman by Raphael Janove (Janove, Raphael) (Entered: 04/15/2022)

April 15, 2022

April 15, 2022

PACER

CASE ASSIGNED to the Honorable Iain D. Johnston and Honorable Margaret J. Schneider. Designated as Magistrate Judge the Honorable Margaret J. Schneider. Case assignment: Random assignment. (jp, )

April 15, 2022

April 15, 2022

PACER

CLERK'S NOTICE: Pursuant to Local Rule 73.1(b), a United States Magistrate Judge of this court is available to conduct all proceedings in this civil action. If all parties consent to have the currently assigned United States Magistrate Judge conduct all proceedings in this case, including trial, the entry of final judgment, and all post-trial proceedings, all parties must sign their names on the attached Consent To form. This consent form is eligible for filing only if executed by all parties. The parties can also express their consent to jurisdiction by a magistrate judge in any joint filing, including the Joint Initial Status Report or proposed Case Management Order. (jp, )

April 15, 2022

April 15, 2022

PACER
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ATTORNEY Appearance for Plaintiffs Basaru Asolo, Jason Clarke, Jahat Evelyn, James Forero, Chris Pocknell, Aleksey Ruderman by Jacob S. Briskman (Briskman, Jacob) (Entered: 04/22/2022)

April 22, 2022

April 22, 2022

PACER

SUMMONS Issued as to Defendant McHenry County (ey, )

April 27, 2022

April 27, 2022

PACER

SUMMONS Issued as to Defendant Bill Prim (dxb, )

April 28, 2022

April 28, 2022

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ATTORNEY Appearance for Plaintiffs Basaru Asolo, Jason Clarke, Jahat Evelyn, James Forero, Chris Pocknell, Aleksey Ruderman by Adam Pollock (Pollock, Adam) (Entered: 05/04/2022)

May 4, 2022

May 4, 2022

PACER
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SUMMONS Returned Executed by Chris Pocknell, Jahat Evelyn, Jason Clarke, Basaru Asolo, Aleksey Ruderman, James Forero as to McHenry County on 5/12/2022, answer due 6/2/2022. (Kumar, Jay) (Entered: 05/17/2022)

May 17, 2022

May 17, 2022

PACER
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SUMMONS Returned Executed by Chris Pocknell, Jahat Evelyn, Jason Clarke, Basaru Asolo, Aleksey Ruderman, James Forero as to Bill Prim on 5/12/2022, answer due 6/2/2022. (Kumar, Jay) (Entered: 05/17/2022)

May 17, 2022

May 17, 2022

PACER
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MINUTE entry before the Honorable Margaret J. Schneider: Initial telephonic status hearing set for 06/22/22 at 9:15 a.m. The Court will be utilizing the Cisco Webex platform. Public access is available via the following call-in number: 1-(650)-479-3207 and enter ACCESS CODE: 180-822-8235#. Plaintiff and lead defense counsel with full knowledge of the case must appear at the initial status hearing. The parties shall jointly complete the PDF fillable initial status report form found on Judge Schneider's webpage and file by 06/15/22. Counsel of record will receive an email the day prior to the start of the telephonic hearing with instructions to join the call. Persons granted remote access to proceedings are reminded of the general prohibition against photographing, recording, and rebroadcasting of court proceedings. Violation of these prohibitions may result in sanctions. Mailed notice. (jxk) (Entered: 05/18/2022)

May 18, 2022

May 18, 2022

PACER
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MOTION by Defendants McHenry County, Bill Prim for extension of time to file answer regarding complaint 1 (Blake Dickson, Jana) (Entered: 05/26/2022)

May 26, 2022

May 26, 2022

PACER
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ATTORNEY Appearance for Defendants McHenry County, Bill Prim by Jana E. Blake Dickson (Blake Dickson, Jana) (Entered: 05/26/2022)

May 26, 2022

May 26, 2022

PACER
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ATTORNEY Appearance for Defendants McHenry County, Bill Prim by Eric T. Seeleman (Seeleman, Eric) (Entered: 05/26/2022)

May 26, 2022

May 26, 2022

PACER
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MINUTE entry before the Honorable Margaret J. Schneider: Defendants' unopposed motion for extension of time 8, is granted. Defendants have until 07/18/22 to answer or otherwise plead to Plaintiff's complaint. Initial status report due 06/15/22 and initial status conference set for 06/22/22 are stricken. Initial telephonic status hearing now set for 08/02/22 at 9:15 a.m. The Court will be utilizing the Cisco Webex platform. Public access is available via the following call-in number: 1-(650)-479-3207 and enter ACCESS CODE: 180-822-8235#. Plaintiff and lead defense counsel with full knowledge of the case must appear at the initial status hearing. The parties shall jointly complete the PDF fillable initial status report form found on Judge Schneider's webpage and now file by 07/26/22. Counsel of record will receive an email the day prior to the start of the telephonic hearing with instructions to join the call. Persons granted remote access to proceedings are reminded of the general prohibition against photographing, recording, and rebroadcasting of court proceedings. Violation of these prohibitions may result in sanctions. Mailed notice. (jxk) (Entered: 05/27/2022)

May 27, 2022

May 27, 2022

PACER
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Western Division ADR Notification (jp, ) (Entered: 05/27/2022)

May 27, 2022

May 27, 2022

PACER
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Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim

July 18, 2022

July 18, 2022

RECAP

Case Details

State / Territory: Illinois

Case Type(s):

Immigration and/or the Border

Key Dates

Filing Date: April 15, 2022

Case Ongoing: Yes

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Plaintiffs are current and former civilly-detained immigrants who were subjected to forced labor while housed at the McHenry Detention Center in Woodstock, Illinois.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Pending

Defendants

McHenry County (McHenry), County

Sheriff (McHenry), County

Defendant Type(s):

Jurisdiction-wide

Law-enforcement

Case Details

Causes of Action:

State law

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

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Outcome

Prevailing Party: None Yet / None

Nature of Relief:

None yet

Source of Relief:

None yet

Issues

General:

Forced labor

Type of Facility:

Government-run

Immigration/Border:

Detention - conditions