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Mohawk Industries v. Williams

Docket No.: 05-465
Certiorari Granted: 12/12/2005
Argued: April 26, 2006
Decided: June 5, 2006

PartyNames: Mohawk Industries, Inc. v. Shirley Williams, et al.
Petitioner: Mohawk Industries, Inc.
Respondent: Shirley Williams, et al.

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Mohawk Industries, Inc.
v.
Shirley Williams, et al.
547 U.S. 516 (2006)
Consideration Limited:

LIMITED TO QUESTION 1 PRESENTED BY THE PETITION.

Question Presented:

1. Whether a defendant corporation and its agents can constitute an "enterprise" under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, 18 U.S.C. ยงยง 1961-1968 ("RICO"), in light of the settled rule that a RICO defendant must "conduct" or "participate in" the affairs of some larger enterprise and not just its own affairs. 2. Whether plaintiffs state proximately caused injuries to business or property by alleging that the hourly wages they voluntarily accepted were too low.

Question:

May a corporation be held liable under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act for actions in which only it and its non-employee agents were involved?

Holding: dismissed
Vote: 9-0
Opinion By: Per Curiam
Read MOHAWK INDUSTRIES V. WILLIAMS opinion (PDF)

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