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CASE NAME:Devendra Shukla v. Sat Prakash Sharma
ALL PLAINTIFFS:Devendra Shukla
ALL DEFENDANTS:Sat Prakash Sharma, individually and as Director of Vishva Seva Ashram of New York; Geeta Sharma, Individually and as Director of Vishva Seva Ashram of New York, Vishva Seva Ashram Of New York, doing business as Sarva Dev Mandir
CITATION:
DOCKET NUMBER:07 CV 2972 (CBA)
SOURCE:Lexis Search, Pacer
TYPE OF CASE:Civil
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Carol B. Amon
YEAR OF ARREST:2007
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TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:New York
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Eastern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:1
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Male
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:India
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):3
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Religious Organization
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FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Unknown
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FOURTH CHARGE:New York State wage and hour laws
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FIRST CLAIM:Violation of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000
FIRST CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. 1595
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SECOND CLAIM:Violation of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000
SECOND CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. 1598
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THIRD CLAIM:Violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act
THIRD CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:28 U.S.C. 216(b)
THIRD CLAIM RESULT:Dismissed
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FOURTH CLAIM:New York State wage and hour laws
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FOURTH CLAIM RESULT:Dismissed
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FIFTH CLAIM:Involuntary servitude
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FIFTH CLAIM RESULT:Dismissed
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SIXTH CLAIM:False Imprisonment
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SIXTH CLAIM RESULT:Dismissed
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SUMMARY:

Plaintiff came to the United States on a R-1 religious worker visa to work for Mr. and Mrs. Sharma (defendants) as a Hindu priest.  He worked in this capacity for seven years while also performing janitorial work and other labor for the defendants.  The plaintiff alleges he was subjected to exploitative working conditions and prevented from leaving by seizure of his passport.  He also states that defendants refused to renew his visa and forced him to sleep in a "bathroom-like" room.


In addition to claims stated above, Plaintiff brought common law claims for intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach of contract, quantum meruit, unjust enrichment and fraud.  Defendants got a favorable ruling on a motion for summary judgment on all issues except the TVPA claims.

This case is scheduled to go to trial on the TVPA claims in December 2010.

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