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CASE NAME:Elisier Yael Velasquez Catalan v. Vermillion Ranch Limited Partnership
ALL PLAINTIFFS:Elisier Yael Velasquez Catalan, Sergio Velasquez Catalan; Humberto Heraldo Berrocal Ortiz; Luis Alejandro Fuentes Sandoval; and Oscar Sandoval Poblete, Freddy Vasquez Vargas
ALL DEFENDANTS:Vermillion Ranch Limited Partnership, A. Wright Dickinson, III; Pauline Dickinson; Deann Dickinson; T. Wright Dickinson; Marc Dickinson; and Jeam Marie Dickinson
CITATION:2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 567 (D. Colo. Jan. 4, 2007), 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 60615 (D. Colo. Aug. 25, 2006), 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 61521 (D. Colo. Aug. 28, 2006), 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1213 (D. Colo. Jan. 5, 2007), 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22638 (D. Colo. Mar. 28, 2007)
DOCKET NUMBER: 06-cv-01043-WYD-MJW
SOURCE:Lexis Search, Non-DOJ Press Release
TYPE OF CASE:Civil
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TRIAL JUDGE(S):Wiley Y. Daniel
YEAR OF ARREST:2006
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TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Colorado
FEDERAL DISTRICT:District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:5
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Male
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Chile
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WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):7
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Agricultural Industry
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FIRST CLAIM:Fair Labor Standards Act
FIRST CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:29 USC 201
FIRST CLAIM RESULT:Settled
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SECOND CLAIM:Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act
SECOND CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 1589
SECOND CLAIM RESULT:Settled
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THIRD CLAIM:Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act
THIRD CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 1961
THIRD CLAIM RESULT:Settled
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FOURTH CLAIM:Colorado Wage Claim Act
FOURTH CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:Colo. Rev. Stat. § 8-4-101(5)
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FIFTH CLAIM:Common Law claims:  breach of contract, false imprisonment, outrageous conduct, and promissory estoppel
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TOTAL AWARD:$50,000
APPEAL:No
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SUMMARY:Defendants, Colorado cattle ranchers, brought the six Plaintiffs to the United States from Chile on an H-2A visa.  The plaintiffs asserted that they were treated poorly by defendants while here working for them.  Their passports were confiscated, and they were not paid minimum wage but instead were paid $2 - 3/day and were forced to work up to 16 hour days.  Further, plaintiffs allege that they were not allowed to seek proper medical treatment when it was needed.
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