Orleans jury could decide soon in 'guest worker' lawsuit

Orleans jury could decide soon in 'guest worker' lawsuit

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Weeks of trial in a lawsuit claiming a marine services company defrauded guest workers from India and subjected them to forced labor may be nearing an end in New Orleans.

A jury has begun deliberations in the lawsuit against Signal International. The trial began in mid-January.

It's one of multiple lawsuits backed by the Southern Poverty Law Center on behalf of workers brought to the Gulf Coast on temporary work visas who were allegedly misled, subjected to substandard housing and falsely promised "green cards" allowing them to stay in the U.S.

Signal has denied wrongdoing and, in court records and testimony, has pointed fingers at a labor recruitment firm and an immigration lawyer who are co-defendants in the case.

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