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BALTIMORE (AP) — A lawsuit accusing managers at Perdue Inc. of driving down wages by hiring illegal immigrants will now be heard in Maryland and not in Alabama.

The class-action lawsuit was filed a year ago on behalf of hourly workers at 16 Perdue plants in Maryland and nine other states.

A federal judge in Alabama has granted the defendants’ request to move the case to Maryland. Perdue is headquartered in Salisbury.

The lawsuit does not name Perdue as a defendant. Instead, it claims supervisors at Perdue plants conspired to hire more than 500 undocumented immigrants over a four-year period.

The case will be heard in Baltimore by U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett. A trial date has not been set.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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