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Appeals court to reconsider RICO claims against Sedwick, Coca-Cola 

June 7, 2007-  Business Insurance Magazine 

A federal appeals court is scheduled to reconsider allegations that  Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc. and Coca-Cola Enterprises  Inc. violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act in  settling workers compensation claims.

An en banc panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati will hear oral arguments in the case of Clifton Jackson et al. v. Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc. et al. on June 12, according to the court's schedule.

Last year, a three-member panel of the court ruled   that a trial court erred in dismissing a civil lawsuit brought by two   workers comp claimants alleging their employer and the employer's   third-party administrator violated RICO.

The two former Coca-Cola   workers, who were injured in unrelated workplace accidents, sued in   2009 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan,   claiming the defendants sought to deny paying workers comp benefits   despite medical evidence strongly supporting their work-related injury   claims.

The trial court had dismissed their lawsuit, finding that   RICO does not provide an end run around the exclusive remedy provided   under Michigan's workers comp law. After the appeals court revived the   lawsuit, the defense in the case requested the en banc hearing.