This case docket contains details of SPLC legal actions.

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Rosalino Perez-Benites et al. v. Candy Brand LLC et al.

Date Filed: 
06/07/2007

A federal judge has held Candy Brand and its individual owners accountable for routinely cheating migrant farmworkers out of wages. The court also held that the company’s failure to pay overtime wages and reimburse workers’ expenses was a breach of Candy Brand’s contract with each worker it exploited. As a result, the company and owners will be required to satisfy any judgment, which could be over $2 million dollars.

Holmes County Class Administrative Complaint Regarding Special Education

Date Filed: 
05/30/2007

The Holmes County School District in Mississippi was systematically violating the rights of students with disabilities by failing to provide them with the educational services required under federal law. The district has agreed to a plan that will help ensure students with disabilities are identified and given educational services required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act.

Jordan Gruver v. Imperial Klans of America

Date Filed: 
02/22/2007

The Southern Poverty Law Center sued the Imperial Klans of America (IKA) and four Klansmen, saying several members were on a recruiting mission for the group in July 2006 when they savagely beat a teenage boy at a county fair in Kentucky. A jury found IKA leader Ron Edwards and two other members responsible for the attack and awarded $2.5 million to the teen. The SPLC moved to seize Edwards’ interest in the IKA headquarters to satisfy the judgment.

Caddo Parish Special Education

Date Filed: 
12/13/2006

A class administrative complaint against the Caddo parish, Louisiana, school district.

Mancha v. ICE

Date Filed: 
11/01/2006

Federal immigration agents conducted illegal searches and relied on racial and ethnic profiling while carrying out a massive series of raids, according to this federal lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Daniel Castellanos-Contreras, et al. v. Decatur Hotels, LLC et al.

Date Filed: 
08/16/2006

H-2B workers were brought to the U.S. to work in defendant's New Orleans hotels. Workers have not been compensated as promised, and U.S. workers are available to perform needed duties.

East Baton Rouge Special Education

Date Filed: 
05/10/2006

In May 2006, the Southern Poverty Law Center, along with attorneys from the Southern Disability Law Center and the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, obtained a class-wide settlement agreement affecting all special education students with Emotional Disturbance in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Hector Luna, et al. v. Del Monte Fresh Produce (Southeast), Inc., et al.

Date Filed: 
04/21/2006

Migrant farmworkers in south Georgia claimed they were grossly underpaid while working for subsidiaries of the food giant Del Monte Fresh Produce. The Southern Poverty Law Center filed a lawsuit to recover the wages. A confidential settlement agreement was reached in the case. The defendants did not admit liability.

 

Secretary of Labor v. Gold Kist

Date Filed: 
02/09/2006

After the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a federal complaint alleging dangerous work conditions at Gold Kist’s poultry processing facility in Russellville, Ala., the company reached a settlement agreement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to pay more than $80,000 in fines. The agreement also outlined steps the company would take to ensure employee safety.

Rodrigues et al. v. Belfor USA Group Inc.

Date Filed: 
02/01/2006

Belfor settled with the Center in September 2006, agreeing to reimburse unpaid overtime wages and take measures to ensure the company and their subcontractors pay all future workers according to FLSA.