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RICO lawsuits and immigration

The RICO Act ("Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act") was originally designed for use against organized crime. However, in several cases civil RICO lawsuits have been brought against companies that employed illegal aliens with the intent of depressing wages for American workers. See several examples below.

Last modified Dec 18, 2011
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ACORN Ohio worked *with* Obama campaign on GOTV; ACORN/Project Vote did GOTV in battleground states - 10/13/08

Barack Obama has long-term ties to the far-left group ACORN. And, those ties continued at least as late as February 2008, when ACORN's Ohio branch worked with the Barack Obama campaign on a GOTV effort. See this job announcement from Mari Engelhardt, political director of Ohio ACORN: GOTV for Obama! Ohio ACORN is doing a Get Out The Vote project with the OBAMA Campaign.

New Jersey landlord sued over allegedly renting to illegal aliens (Connolly Properties, civil RICO) - 06/21/08

... and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), claiming that that company and others have a habit of renting to illegal aliens and are thus guilty of harboring illegal aliens as well as violating the Fair Housing Act. Connoly is based in New Jersey and has properties there and in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Press release here, biased AP report from Samantha Henry here. Related: "Mohawk Industries accused of...

Tyson Foods hiring suit tossed; will appeal; evidence they harbored illegal aliens - 02/15/08

... court decision that tossed their [RICO] lawsuit. The long-contested court battle over whether Tyson Foods Inc.

Lawsuit claims Tyson Foods conspired with LULAC to hire illegal aliens - 11/06/07

From this: The plaintiffs in a lawsuit accusing Tyson Foods Inc. of hiring illegal aliens to work at poultry plants are focusing on the meat producer's relationship with the League of Latin American Citizens. [Note: the two are also linked with Mike Huckabee] The class-action suit in U. S. District Court in Eastern Tennessee [Trollinger v. Tyson] claims Springdale-based Tyson Foods knowingly...

"Mohawk Industries accused of witness tampering" - 04/07/07

... officials. Previously: Mohawk Carpet RICO class action suit can proceed Businesses worried about being sued for hiring illegal aliens Are you a lawyer who likes money? "Forging a New Use for Civil RICO"

Mohawk Carpet RICO class action suit can proceed - 10/04/06

... are suing Mohawk Carpet under RICO (the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act), claiming that that major carpet manufacturer conspired to replace them with illegal aliens. The U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in the plaintiff's favor regarding a technical matter, so the case can proceed. Legal details here, non-technical overview here: Former and current workers...

Banks worried about being called felons just because they may have aided and abetted illegal aliens - 05/09/06

... South Federal Savings Bank... and RICO?" concerns a different bank with a similar program: "What this bank is doing is a clear violation of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act," said Craig Nelsen, executive director of Friends of Immigration Law Enforcement... [FILE] is threatening to use the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) to file a civil damages lawsuit...

Businesses worried about being sued for hiring illegal aliens - 02/15/06

... have already been filed under RICO, and last month a judge approved a $1.3 million settlement in one of them... Because so many of the RICO suits are brought in areas that hire large numbers of Hispanics, [Mohawk attorney Juan Morillo] said the issue should be of concern to the Hispanic community as a whole... ...The U.S. Chamber of Commerce filed a brief in support of Mohawk. So did...

Lawyers: make big money suing illegal alien employers! - 01/31/06

Zirkle Fruit is an apple producer in eastern Washington, and they recently settled a lawsuit brought by former legal workers. Those workers alleged that Zirkle hired illegal aliens in order to drive down their wages. The settlement amount was $1.3 million.

Are you a lawyer who likes money? - 06/14/05

... take a look at "11th Circuit OKs RICO Suit Involving Illegal Aliens". Mohawk Industries Inc., a very large manufacturer of carpets and flooring, is accused of working with employment agencies to hire illegal aliens with the intent of depressing the wages of their American workers. They're being sued using RICO, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Previously in this story: "...

New South Federal Savings Bank... and RICO? - 05/29/05

Dimitri Vassilaros might be an unforgivable idiot when it comes to biking ("Keep Bicycles off the Road"), but he does have an interesting column about home loans for illegal aliens.

The price of "cheap" labor is about to go up - 12/24/04

Wal*Mart is facing a class action lawsuit from former janitors: After the raids, nine of the immigrants filed a suit in state court in New Jersey, with Cuban lawyer Gilberto Garcia of law firm Garcia and Kricko. Before that case developed, New York City attorney James L. Linsey of Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP, contacted Garcia, and the two decided they had a case that was more far-reaching than a...

"Forging a New Use for Civil RICO" - 09/09/04

... litigation he pioneered: using RICO to target companies that allegedly hire undocumented workers for the purpose of driving down wages... [He's brought] five Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suits since 1999, usually on behalf of employees with valid work authorization. Four were dismissed at an early stage by trial judges. But in three of those cases, Foster has persuaded...

How to make big money with illegal immigration - 07/14/04

... and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and is the first of its kind in the U.S. where legal workers have sued agricultural employers about intentional wage depression through the use of illegal labor. Now certified as a class action, the suit represents an estimated 20,000 packing house and orchard workers of Zirkle Fruit Company, based in Selah, Washington and those legal workers hired by...

Federal Court OKs Suit Against Tyson for Hiring Illegal Aliens - 06/07/04

... Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act...