- Associated Press - Saturday, February 14, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal jury in New Orleans resumes deliberations Wednesday in a lawsuit claiming a marine services company defrauded guest workers from India.

The trial recessed on Friday after the jury began deliberations this week in the 2008 lawsuit against Signal International. The trial began in mid-January. Issues of liability and possible damages were being deliberated by jurors who began work Wednesday.

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. The suit alleges workers were misled, subjected to substandard housing and falsely promised “green cards” allowing them to stay in the U.S.

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