Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker, PLLC Joins As Pro-Bono Co-Counsel For Plaintiffs in David, et al. v. Signal International, LLC et al., No. 08-cv-1220 (E.D. La.)

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Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker, PLLC has joined as pro-bono co-counsel for the Plaintiffs in David, et al. v. Signal International, LLC et al., No. 08-cv-1220 (E.D. La.).  The Firm will be represented by Joseph R. Bjarnson, Esq. who will join attorneys from the law firm of Crowell & Moring LLP, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the Louisiana Justice Institute in representing the Plaintiffs.

The allegations in the lawsuit charge that Signal International, LLC (“Signal”), a marine industry company with shipyards in Mississippi and Texas, and a network of recruiters and labor brokers engineered a scheme to traffic and defraud nearly five hundred workers and coerce them to work in Signal’s facilities.

The complaint alleges that Signal used the federal H-2B guestworker program to import the Plaintiffs, and hundreds of other Indian men, to work as welders, pipefitters and shipfitters.  The workers paid recruiters as much as $20,000 or more for travel, visa, recruitment and other fees after they were told it would lead to good jobs, green cards and permanent U.S. residency.  But, when the workers began arriving at Signal’s facilities in early 2007, they discovered they wouldn’t receive the green cards as promised.  Instead, they received 10-month H-2B visas, and were forced to live in crowed, on-site labor camps designated solely for Signal’s Indian workforce.

For Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker, PLLC, its participation in the lawsuit reflects its ongoing commitment to serving the community and individuals in need through pro bono services and community involvement efforts.

For more information on this case, or other litigation matters, please contact us.

Posted by Joseph R. Bjarnson

Elaine Colavito writes the “Bench Briefs” column for The Suffolk Lawyer, an official publication of the Suffolk County Bar Association.

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Every month, Elaine Colavito writes the “Bench Briefs” column for The Suffolk Lawyer, an official publication of the Suffolk County Bar Association (www.scba.org). She reviews decisions of interest and briefs those that she finds pertinent to Suffolk County attorneys in a variety of practice areas. Readers of her column appreciate being kept up-to-date with new significant decisions that are relevant to their respective practices. To read the latest edition of The Suffolk Lawyer, click here.

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