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21 Mai 2013

American Civil Liberties Union

Top US law firms file multiple human trafficking lawsuits against Signal International, LLC

…[M]ultiple human trafficking and racketeering lawsuits against Signal...and its network of recruiters and labor brokers…allege that the defendants trafficked over five hundred Indian guestworkers to the United States…and forced them to work for Signal under barbaric conditions…These lawsuits stem from the David v. Signal International LLC case, which was filed in 2008 on behalf of 12 named plaintiffs and a class of Indian guestworkers. After the court denied class certification in David, the SPLC [Southern Poverty Law Center] contacted over half a dozen high-powered law firms, which...agreed to represent the members of the putative class...The David action also continues on behalf of the 12 named plaintiffs…Separately…[in] 2011, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a federal lawsuit against Signal…alleging that the company intentionally discriminated against the same class of Indian guestworkers…