William Burrell, Jr. v. Tom Staff

PRECEDENTIAL UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE THIRD CIRCUIT __________ No. 21-2846 __________ WILLIAM L. BURRELL, JR.; JOSHUA HUZZARD; DAMPSEY STUCKEY v. TOM STAFF, Individually; LOUIS DENAPLES, individually; DOMINICK DENAPLES; LACKAWANNA RECYCLING CENTER INC; COUNTY OF LACKAWANNA; LACKAWANNA COUNTY SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY William L. Burrell, Jr.; Joshua Huzzard; Dampsey Stuckey; *Anthony Cravath; *Anthony John Goodwin, Sr.; *Derrick M. Lake; *Eugene R. Taylor; *Ralph Wasko; *Timothy Alan Whited; *Torrance Allen; *Gabriel Martinez; and *Gerard Nelson, Appellants *(Pursuant to Rule 12(a), Fed. R. App. P.) __________ On Appeal from the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (District Court Civil No. 3-14-cv-01891) District Judge: Honorable Robert D. Mariani Argued July 14, 2022 BEFORE: GREENAWAY, JR., MATEY, and NYGAARD, Circuit Judges (Filed: February 8, 2023) Jacob Demree Sanders K. Gilmer Alessandra Lopez Madeline Meth Samuel Myers Jacob Rosen Daniel Wassim Brian S. Wolfman Georgetown University Law Center Appellate Courts Immersion Clinic 600 New Jersey Avenue Suite 312 Washington, DC 20001 Matthew K. Handley Rachel E. Nadas Handley Farah & Anderson 200 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. Seventh Floor Washington, DC 20001 2 Marielle R. Macher Community Justice Project 118 Locust Street Harrisburg, PA 17101 Juno Turner [Argued] Towards Justice P.O. Box 371680 Pmb 44465 Denver, CO 80237 Counsel for Appellants Philip A. Davolos, III David E. Heisler [Argued] Cipriani & Werner 415 Wyoming Avenue Scranton, PA 18503 Counsel for Appellees Staff, County of Lackawanna Jeffrey Belardi Belardi Law Offices 50 Alberigi Drive Suite 114, The TekRidge Center Jessup, PA 18434 Christopher R. Nestor David R. Overstreet [Argued] Overstreet & Nestor 461 Cochran Road, P.O. Box 237 Pittsburgh, PA 15228 3 Counsel for Appellees L. DeNaples, D. DeNaples, Lackawanna Recycling Center Inc. Sarah R. Lloyd [Argued] Cognetti & Cimini 538 Spruce Street 800 Scranton Life Building Scranton, PA 18503 Counsel for Appellee Lackawanna County Solid Waste Management Authority Brianne J. Gorod Constitutional Accountability Center 1200 18th Street, N.W., Suite 501 Washington, DC 20036 Counsel for Amicus Appellants Constitutional Accountability Center, ACLU of Pennsylvania Erin H. Flynn Katherine E. Lamm [Argued] United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Appellate Section P.O. Box 14403 Ben Franklin Station Washington, DC 20044 Counsel for Amicus Curiae United States of America 4 Catherine Ruckelshaus National Employment Law Project 90 Broad Street, Suite 1100 New York, NY 10004 Counsel for Amicus Appellants Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, Justice at Work Pennsylvania, National Employment Law Project, National Employment Lawyers Association, Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project __________ OPINION OF THE COURT __________ NYGAARD, Circuit Judge. Plaintiff child support debtor-civil contemnors brought several claims against Lackawanna County, the County’s Solid Waste Management Authority, Lackawanna County Recycling Center, Inc. (the private corporation to which the Authority outsources the operation of its Recycling Center, or the “Corporation”) and the Corporation’s owners (brothers Louis and Dominick DeNaples), arising out of plaintiffs’ nearly unpaid labor at the Recycling Center. The District Court dismissed all claims, and plaintiffs appealed. 1 1 Plaintiffs do not appeal the dismissal of their claims against defendant Tom Staff, an …

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