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Date: 09-28-2007

Case Style: Perez-Farias et al. v. Global Horizons Inc. et al.

Case Number: Unknown9/28/2007

Judge: Robert Whaley

Court: Washington

Plaintiff's Attorney:

Lori Isley and Mirta Contreras, Columbia Legal Services, Yakima, Washington

Amy Crewdson, Amy Crewdson Law Office, Aberdeen, Washington

Defendant's Attorney:

Chrystal L Bobbitt, Global Horizons Inc., In-House Litigation Counsel, Los Angeles, California

Ryan M Edgley, Edgley Law Office PS, Yakima, Washington


Jose Guadalupe Perez-Farias, et al. claimed that Global Horizons violated the Farm Labor Contractors Act by failing to provide jobs promised to local workers. They also claimed defendant discriminated against local workers based on race by failing to hire them or by firing them and replacing them with workers brought from Thailand under the federal H-2A guest-worker program in 2004.

Global Horizons claimed that it attempted to comply with the H-2A guest worker program in good faith in an effort to provide legal farm labor in Washington.

Outcome: Plaintiffs' verdict for $317,000. The award includes $17,000 in compensatory damages to three farm workers and $300,000 in punitive damages to hundreds of workers.

Plaintiff's Experts: Unknown

Defendant's Experts: Unknown

Comments: None

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