Zheng v. Liberty Apparel Co., 556 F. Supp. 2d 284 (S.D.N.Y.)
After the Second Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the plaintiffs’ claim, the District Court denied defendants’ summary judgment motion seeking dismissal of those claims without a trial. The Court held that garment worker plaintiffs had proffered sufficient evidence that the defendants exercised operational control over the plaintiffs such that they were entitled to a trial of their claims against the manufacturers. After a jury trial, plaintiffs prevailed against both the manufacturing company and the individual defendants, the Second Circuit substantially affirmed, and the Supreme Court denied the defendants’ petition for review. See Zheng v. Liberty Apparel Co., 617 F.3d 182 (2d Cir. 2010) and 389 Fed. App’x 63 (2d Cir. 2010), cert. denied, 131 S. Ct. 2879 (2011).