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Defending Civil Claims of Human Trafficking

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Produced on May 17, 2018

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Course Information

Time 91 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

The federal Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (“TVPRA”) is the primary legal tool for combating modern day slavery. These cases are not common, though the number of suits filed under the statute are increasing. There is a fair amount of information available about bringing civil TVPRA claims, but not much about defending them.

This program, presented by Jonathan Meyers of Meyers Fried-Grodin LLP, examines the anatomy of these claims from the initial complaint all the way through to settlement/judgment, with a focus on setting up and formulating a strong defense.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain a general overview of civil human trafficking claims, with a closer look at the TVRPA and common companion claims
  2. Explore the various players in a TVPRA suit and how they behave
  3. Examine the importance of forum in a TVPRA suit
  4. Formulate viable defenses to a TVPRA claim, and discuss how to set your client’s expectations
  5. Discuss other important aspects of a TVPRA claim including expert witness examination, settlement demands, and litigation costs

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Jonathan Meyers

Meyers Fried-Grodin LLP

Mr. Meyers has been practicing law since 2000. After working in the labor & employment department of one of the nation’s largest law firms, he became a principal of employment law boutique, Meyers Fried-Grodin, LLP. 

Highlights of Mr. Meyers’ legal practice history include: 

● Successfully representing cosmetics & fashion giant, Liz Claibore, Inc., before the United States Supreme Court, in an employment discrimination lawsuit. (Riddle v. Liz Claiborne, 129 S.Ct. 405, 172 L.Ed.2d 296 (2008)); 

● Obtaining, for a software company that serves Wall Street, an appellate victory that has become a landmark decision in New York, to which courts and attorneys now look for guidance in interpreting fundamental employment law and class action issues. (Shah v. Wilco Sys., Inc., 27 AD 3d 169 (1st Dept; 2005)); and 

● Gaining uniquely valuable experience by defending a multitude of employment-based claims, in New York and New Jersey, for the largest private employer in the world, Wal-Mart.

In addition to being a skilled negotiator, Mr. Meyers has years of experience defending lawsuits, before courts and arbitrators, and of handling matters with government agencies such as the EEOC, OSHA, New York Division on Human Rights, New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the United States Department of Labor, and various state departments of Labor. He uses this body of experience to cost-effectively help employers implement practices and policies aimed at avoiding: (i) lawsuits; (ii) entanglements with government agencies; (iii) unnecessary union disputes; and (iv) other legal and practical human resources problems. 


Michael R.

Interesting to hear this topic from the defense side.

erick w.


James D.

A hard subject to lecture on. He did a good lawyerly job of it.

James D.

Well done.

Lea G.

Good work. Thanks for trying to present the defense perspective. I have worked on the plaintiff's side of these, and I was very interested to hear the defense perspective.

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