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CASE NAME:Babu Thanu Chellen v. John Pickle Co., Inc.
ALL PLAINTIFFS:Babu Thanu Chellen, Jeron Peter, Joseph Chakkungal Paulose, Reynold Pandiyalackal Gregory, Chandravilasam Ramachadran Nair, Bharathakumaran Ramachandran Nair, Krishnankutty Kunjipillai, Poulose Maleril-Varkey, Raje Kuriakot-Paran, Surendran Velayudhan Kattu-Kandathil, Shaji Allalangil, John Doe, Richard Roe, Jonathan Peter Morals, Vivek Kumar Ganpat Rao Savant, Bala Raju Salapu, Umeshkumar Chandubhai Patel, Uday Dattatray Ludbe, Ebrahim Idris Mohammed, Heyatunabi Ansari, Mohammed Nasrool Hoda Ansari, Jonathan Peter Moraes, Johnkutty Ambrose Panacka Purackal, Lawrence Pandyalakal Antony, Jitendrabhai Prabhudas Patel, Hasmukhlal Chhaganlal Patel, Ramesh Chandra Chhika Bhai Patel, Antony Pradeep Panackalpurakal, Venu Marthi, Rathred Nureacher Kemels, Matha Chinna Rao, Vivekkumar Ganpatrao Savant, Jagdish Virjibhai Prajapati, Kanaiyalal Kantilal Patel, Johnkutty George Panackalpurackal, Johnkutty Antony Panackalpurackal, Nooka Appa Rao Rapeti, Arifhusen Gulammahmad Shajkh, Sudarshanam Neerudi, Srinivas Gopisetti, Roy Justus Panackalpurackal, Toofan Mondal, Ramnikbhai Lalgibhai Vankar, Satishkumar Chhotabhai Patel, Rajasekharan Cheruvoth, Pauly Augustine Perumbully, Jose Varghese Mannalil, Yogesh Kumar Patel, Marshal Joseph Suares, Narendrakumar Rathod, Kalasuva Jiva Dhanji, Joy Valliaril-Varghese, Sunny Chandy Vazhayinal, Joshy Mathappan Aleparambu, Himanshu Shivabhai Patel, Srinu Kalla, Nani Babu Mulaka, Baburajan Madhavan Pillai, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
ALL DEFENDANTS:John Pickle Company Inc., John Pickle Jr.
CITATION:344 F. Supp. 2d 1278, 434 F. Supp. 2d 1069
DOCKET NUMBER:02-CV-85, 02-CV-979
SOURCE:Bloomberg, Lexis Search, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Civil
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Judge
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Claire V. Eagan
YEAR OF ARREST:2002
YEAR OF VERDICT:2006
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:Oklahoma
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Northern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:52
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Male
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:India
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):2
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Factory Worker, Manufacturing, Cook
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FIRST CLAIM:Violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act
FIRST CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:29 U.S.C. §§ 201-219
FIRST CLAIM RESULT:Liable
DAMAGES AWARDED FOR FIRST CLAIM:58,417.68
SECOND CLAIM:Race Discrimination
SECOND CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:U.S.C. § 1981
SECOND CLAIM RESULT:Liable
DAMAGES AWARDED FOR SECOND CLAIM:0
THIRD CLAIM:Deceit
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THIRD CLAIM RESULT:Liable
DAMAGES AWARDED FOR THIRD CLAIM:472,056
FOURTH CLAIM:False Imprisonment
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FOURTH CLAIM RESULT:Liable
DAMAGES AWARDED FOR FOURTH CLAIM:52,000
FIFTH CLAIM:Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress
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FIFTH CLAIM RESULT:Liable
DAMAGES AWARDED FOR FIFTH CLAIM:0
SIXTH CLAIM:Violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991
SIXTH CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2(a), 42 U.S.C. § 1981
SIXTH CLAIM RESULT:Liable
DAMAGES AWARDED FOR SIXTH CLAIM:659,006.85
TOTAL AWARD:1,241,480.53
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SUMMARY:Over fifty men were brought from India to the United States by Defandants John Pickle Company, Inc and its president, John Pickle, Jr.  The victims were promised high-paying jobs and possible permanent residency status in the United States.  Once the victims arrived in Oklahoma, they had their passports, visas, and return plane tickets confiscated.  The victims were forced to live in cramped living conditions patrolled by an armed guard and were not allowed any "unauthorized departures."  Many of their activities were monitored, their food was rationed, and they were not provided adequate medical care.  The victims were forced to work under hostile work conditions and were paid below minimum wage.  Additionally, the victims were verbally abused and threatened with deportation.  Eventually, the victims were able to escape with the help of a local church.

The victims case was joined with an action by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  The trial took place in three phases and the Defendants were found liable on all counts.
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