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RICO: No Decision from Supreme Court

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Jun 14, 2006 | 0 Comments

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.

About the Author

Frank Steinberg

Frank is the founder and principal of Steinberg Law, LLC. A Jersey boy born and bred, he focuses on employment litigation and counseling, business litigation,  and aviation law. Following law school and a clerkship in the federal district court Frank spent his early career with large litigation ...

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