Skip to comments.High court won’t hear Mohawk appeal (Rico used against companies hiring illegals)
Posted on 02/27/2007 9:46:05 AM PST by flying Elvis
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to intervene in a class-action racketeering lawsuit filed against Calhoun-based Mohawk Industries.
The decision returns the case for trial in U.S. District Court, Rome, where the suit was filed in January 2004.
Four hourly employees are accusing the carpet and floor-covering company of hiring illegal immigrants in an effort to drive down wages for its legal workers.
They are asking the court to stop the alleged illegal-hiring practice and to award triple damages under the federal and state Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations acts.
The company has denied the charges and gained dismissals of claims that it received unjust enrichment from savings on wages and workers compensations.
But both U.S. District Court Judge Harold Murphy and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Mohawks request for dismissal of the RICO charges.
With the Supreme Court declining to review those decisions, it clears the way for the 3-year-old civil case to resume.
The petitioners Shirley Williams, Lora Sisson, Gale Pelfrey and Bonnie Jones are represented by attorney John Floyd of the Atlanta law firm Bondurant Mixson & Elmore LLC.
The case now proceeds on its merits, Floyd said. We can begin discovery and, hopefully, move forward on certification of the (class-action status).
Attorneys for Mohawk, in Calhoun and Washington D.C., could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon.
"Geez, I hope Home Depot employees don't get wind of this," he said innocently.
"But both U.S. District Court Judge Harold Murphy and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Mohawks request for dismissal of the RICO charges."
Bailiff, whack their pee-pees.
So, are you writing in George T. Tirebiter for President this year?
"Last of the Mohawks"
"So, are you writing in George T. Tirebiter for President this year?"
Of course, and so is the entire student body of Commie Martyrs High...
I hope the kids from More Science High can find the polls.
This is huge news...thanks...
This is the history of what's happening. If this goes through, the battle will be waged by lawyers. It's not often I like what they do.
This is a great development.
I pity the fools.