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United Farm Workers v. Solis

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA


November 18, 2010

UNITED FARM WORKERS ET AL., PLAINTIFFS,
v.
HILDA L. SOLIS, IN HER OFFICIAL CAPACITY AS SECRETARY OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Ricardo M. Urbina United States District Judge

Re Document Nos. 70, 71

MEMORANDUM OPINION

GRANTING THE DEFENDANTS'MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT; GRANTING INTERVENOR NORTH CAROLINA GROWERS'ASSOCIATION'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT

The plaintiffs initiated this action on January 12, 2009, alleging that the Department of Labor ("DOL") violated the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 701 et seq., when it promulgated a rule changing the formula used to determine whether the hiring of certain foreign agricultural workers would affect the wages of American workers. See generally Compl. The plaintiffs filed a motion for a temporary restraining order the same day asking the court to enjoin the DOL from implementing the rule, see generally Pls.' Mot. for TRO, which the court denied on January 15, 2009, holding that the plaintiffs had failed to demonstrate that they faced certain, irreparable injury in the absence of injunctive relief, see generally Mem. Op. (Jan. 15, 2009). On February 19, 2010, the court granted the North Carolina Growers' Association ("NCGA") leave to join in this action as an intervenor-defendant. Minute Order (Feb. 19, 2010).

On June 21, 2009 the plaintiffs filed a motion for partial summary judgment. See generally Pls.' Mot. for Partial Summ. J. Although the defendants and the NCGA opposed the motion, neither filed a cross-motion. The court denied the plaintiffs' motion on March 22, 2010 holding that the plaintiffs had failed to demonstrate that the DOL's actions were arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion or not in accordance with any law. See Mem. Op. (Mar. 22, 2010). Specifically, the court determined that the DOL considered the effects of the formula it chose, examined alternative formulas and provided a reasonable explanation for its choice. See generally id.

Because the defendants only vaguely referenced dismissal in their opposition, see Defs.' Opp'n to Pls.' Mot. for Partial Summ. J. at 31, and all claims except those addressed in the court's March 22, 2010 memorandum opinion were dismissed by the parties, see Stipulation of Partial Dismissal (Apr. 23, 2010), the court ordered the parties to submit supplemental briefing on the status of the plaintiffs' claims, see Mem. Op. (Mar. 22, 2010) at 12. The parties have complied with that directive and, upon review of their submissions to the court, it is clear that no arguments remain that were not resolved by the court's March 22, 2010 memorandum opinion.*fn1 See Defs.' Mot. for Summ. J. at 9 (arguing that summary judgment is appropriate because "[t]he Court has already ruled that Plaintiffs' claims cannot succeed as a matter of law"); NCGA's Mot. for Summ. J. at 1-2 (seeking summary judgment "[f]or the reasons set forth in this Court's Memorandum Opinion . . . filed on March 22, 2010); Pls.' Opp'n (acknowledging "that no further issues of fact or law remain to be decided"). Accordingly, the court grants the defendants' motion for summary judgment and grants NCGA's motion for summary judgment. An Order and Judgment consistent with this Memorandum Opinion is separately and contemporaneously issued this 18th day of November, 2010.


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