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Williams v. Henagan, 07-30997

In an action by a prisoner alleging various constitutional deprivations during his confinement, summary judgment for defendants is affirmed where: 1) plaintiff's claims against two state entities and state employees in their official capacities were barred by the Eleventh Amendment; 2) under the Fair Labor Standards Act, plaintiff was not an "employee" of one defendant, and he was not "engaged in commerce" while working for another, in the context of the hard labor to which he was sentenced; and 3) plaintiff's being forced to work on private property did not render his labor involuntary servitude.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 01/29/2010
  • Published 01/29/2010


  • PER CURIAM:, Before JONES, Chief Judge, ELROD, Circuit Judge, GUIROLA, District Judge 


  • United States Fifth Circuit