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CASE NAME:Elvis Ruiz et al v. Max Fernandez et al
ALL PLAINTIFFS:Elvis Ruiz, Francisco Javier Castro, Eduardo Martinez
ALL DEFENDANTS:Max Fernandez, Ann Fernandez, Western Range Association
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DOCKET NUMBER:2:11-CV-3088-RMP
SOURCE:Bloomberg, Lexis Search
TYPE OF CASE:Civil
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TRIAL JUDGE(S):Rosanna Malouf Peterson
YEAR OF ARREST:2009
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TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Washington
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Eastern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:3 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Male
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Chile
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:H-2A visa
WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):3
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, Wage and Hour violations
FIRST CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:29 U.S.C. § 206(a)
FIRST CLAIM RESULT:Dismissed
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SECOND CLAIM:Violations of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act
SECOND CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1589(a)
SECOND CLAIM RESULT:Dismissed
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THIRD CLAIM:Breach of Washington State Wage Law
THIRD CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:Washington Revised Code 49.52.050
THIRD CLAIM RESULT:Dismissed
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SUMMARY:Plaintiffs were recruited by the Western Range Association to perform shepherding work on the ranch owned by Ann and Max Fernandez. Upon their arrival, plaintiffs worked 9-16 hours a day, 7 days a week. Defendants denied plaintiffs appropriate wages and breaks, cut off contact to the outside world and phone access, and seized plaintiffs' immigration documents. Defendants denied plaintiffs critical medical attention and food. Defendants threatened plaintiffs with deportation if they did not perform sufficient work. TVPRA and FLSA civil claims were brought and all of the claims were dismissed.
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