About six weeks ago we noted that the United States Supreme Court had heard oral argument in Mohawk Industries v. Williams. The novel issue that the Court had agreed to decide was whether Mohawk violated the Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Organizations Act [RICO] by employing illegal aliens to depress wages for its legal workers.
Our fearless forecast?
Reading judicial tea leaves is always an uncertain business, however. The Court's formal opinion, when released, will provide the definitive answer.
Wrong. On June 5 the Supreme Court dismissed the case and sent it back to the Court of Appeals for further consideration. In the parlance of the trade the Court held that certiorari was improvidently granted. In plain English, the justices changed their minds and decided not to decide the RICO issue, at least for now.
We will offer no further prognostication on this case — at least for now.