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CASE NAME:Hilario Razura Jimenez et al v. Vanderbilt Landscaping, LLC et al
ALL PLAINTIFFS:Hilario Razura Jimenez, Jose Manuel Guerrero Gomez, J. Refugio Castell Luna, Guillermo Bernal Ortega, Rigoberto Torres Guerrero, Diego Flores Cicernos, Ruben Madera Canales, Luis A Alberto Medi Ayon, Alvaro Morales Villegas, Melchor Javier Castaned Gallardo, Jose Casimiro Benavi Frias, Edgardo Ibarra Ruiz, Hugo Ignacio Ibarra Ruiz, Miguel Angel Gomez Nuno, Oscar Rodriguez Gomez, Teodulo Huizar Madera
ALL DEFENDANTS:Vanderbilt Landscaping LLC, Larry Vanderbilt Sr., Joffrey Vanderbilt, Onesource Landscape and Golf Services, ABM Services Inc, ABM Industries Incorporated
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DOCKET NUMBER:3:11-cv-00276
SOURCE:Bloomberg, Lexis Search
TYPE OF CASE:Civil
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Todd J. Campbell
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TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Tennessee
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Middle District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:15 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Male
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Mexico
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:H-2B visa
WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):5
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Landscaping Industry
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FIRST CLAIM:Trafficking with respect to forced labor
FIRST CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C § 1589
FIRST CLAIM RESULT:Settled
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SECOND CLAIM:Thirteenth Amendment
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SECOND CLAIM RESULT:Settled
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THIRD CLAIM:Fair Labor Standards Act
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FOURTH CLAIM:Fraud
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FIFTH CLAIM:Breach of contract 
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SIXTH CLAIM:Civil Rights Act of 1866
SIXTH CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:42 U.S.C. § 1981
SIXTH CLAIM RESULT:Settled
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SUMMARY:Plaintiffs, Mexican guest workers, allege they were brought to the U.S. and forced to work for defendants in substandard conditions, often without compensation, and through force and intimidation by defendants' weapons. Plaintiffs came to the U.S. on H-2B visas. Plaintiffs alleged they were forced to live on land controlled by defendants and their visas and passports were taken away. Defendants threatened plaintiffs with deportation and did not allow them to pay off debt owed from rent, transportation, and visas. The parties settled before trial.
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