Murray v. Altendorf Harvesting 


Class Action lawsuit - Civil No. 2:10-cv-00103 

Know Your Rights:

If you worked for Altendorf Harvesting (Altendorf Transport, Inc.) under an H-2A temporary work visa at any time between October 28, 2004 and the present, a class action lawsuit may affect your rights. Click here to view the official court-authorized notice in its entirety.

Your Options if you are a Member of the Class: 

1) Do nothing: You will remain a member of the class and be part of this lawsuit. You will be bound by any judgment or settlement, whether or not favorable to the class. 

2) Ask to be excluded: You will not be a member of the class. You will get no benefits from the lawsuit, but you will keep your rights (if any) to individually sue defendants in regards to the same legal claims made in this lawsuit.

The Definition of the Class Certified:

The court has defined the class as follows: “[A]ll nonsupervisory workers employed by defendants under H-2A temporary work visas at any time between October 28, 2004 and the date of judgment in this matter.” 

The Nature of the Action and Class Claims:

This lawsuit has been brought by the plaintiffs as a breach of contract action. Specifically, the plaintiffs claim the defendants violated their contractual rights as defined by United States law and regulation governing the H-2A visa guest worker program. 

How to Exclude Yourself from the Class:

To exclude yourself from the class, you must send a signed letter by mail stating that you “request exclusion from the class in Murray, et al. v. Altendorf Transport, Inc. and Janice Altendorf, Case No. 2:10-cv-103.” Your signed letter should identify your name, phone number, mailing address, and dates of employment with the defendants. You must mail your letter postmarked no later than September 1, 2014 to:

Honorable Karen Klein, Magistrate Judge

Quentin N. Burdick U.S. Courthouse

655  1st Ave. North, #130

Fargo ND  58102-4932.

You cannot exclude yourself by telephone or by e-mail. If you ask to be excluded, you will not be legally bound by anything that happens in this lawsuit, nor will you share in any proceeds that are recovered (if any), and you may be able to sue (or continue to sue) the defendants in the future.