U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

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Rehearing en banc denied

June 19, 2012

U.S. Chamber urges Sixth Circuit to grant rehearing en banc

April 30, 2012

NCLC urged the Court to grant rehearing en banc. NCLC’s brief argued that the decision conflicts with other circuit-level authority, would make RICO an avenue to evade worker’s compensation system that states have successfully run for generations, and would make workplace injuries a subject of federal litigation.

Sixth Circuit addresses worker's comp claims as civil RICO claims

April 06, 2012

The Sixth Circuit held that RICO should be read broadly and interpreted liberally and allowed the claim to move forward.

U.S. Chamber argues RICO should not apply to workers' compensation claims

March 24, 2011

This Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”) case involves employees who sought workers’ compensation benefits under Michigan law after their claims were denied by the employer’s third-party administrator (“TPA”). The employees filed suit against their employer, the TPA, and the doctor who evaluated their injuries alleging that the defendants had conspired to fraudulently deny their claims.

NCLC filed an amicus brief urging the Sixth Circuit to dismiss RICO claims of plaintiffs attempting to circumvent the administrative process for obtaining workers' compensation benefits. NCLC argued that federal case law prohibits the use of RICO to resolve disputes that are entrusted to the exclusive jurisdiction of a regulatory agency. Workers' compensation disputes are a complex matter better left for expert administrative agencies, such as the Michigan Bureau of Workers' Compensation. NCLC warned that the misuse of RICO would undermine Michigan's regime for regulating workers' compensation awards.

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