Thursday, September 07, 2006
Is Allstate a criminal enterprise?
The definition of racketeering under the RICO statute is this:
(1) "racketeering activity" means (A) any act or threat involving murder, kidnapping, gambling, arson, robbery, bribery, extortion, dealing in obscene matter, or dealing in a controlled substance or listed chemical (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act), which is chargeable under State law and punishable by imprisonment for more than one year..." (emphasis mine)If Allstate's announcement that owners must buy inflated cost car insurance from the company or have their homeowners insurance cancelled is not extortion, I don't know what is. I think the fact that Allstate's motivation is to try to cancel homeowners contrary to state law (in effect, using extortion as a means to circumvent state law) ought to be considered as well, to help demonstrate how the industry has devolved into a criminal enterprise.
Can it be done? It would be a long shot. However, the mere threat having people in high places discuss a criminal (or better yet RICO) investigation would be sufficient to tank their stock. Even before a willing fed could be found, which might require a change of control of the White House, there's no reason (excepting incompetence and cowardice) that our own attorney general couldn't impanel a grand jury, and impound every piece of paper and computer in every Allstate agent's office in the state just to get the ball rolling.
I think that might begin to get the attention of the rest of the nation, and possibly lead to the sort of massive aid New Yorkers received after 9-11 for fear they would take out the airline and insurance industry with lawsuits.
Official Louisiana needs to begin to act in ways that fundamentally threaten the financial integrity of the insurance industry, to force the federal government's hand in the same way the victims of 9-11 (or their attorneys) did, so the government is forced to start paying the compensation Louisianaians deserve.
Allstate and their fellow conspirators in the insurance rackets aren't pussy footing around. They are out to destroy us. I think its time to reciprocate in kind.
Katrina NOLA New Orleans Hurricane Katrina Think New Orleans Louisiana FEMA levees flooding Corps of Engineers We Are Not OK wetlands news rebirth Debrisville Federal Flood 8-29 Rising Tide Remember Allstate racketeering RICO extortion
I just had a flashback to my 1L criminal law class with Oliver Houck. We spent 5 days on RICO. I felt like Edward G Robinson afterwards. "Is this the death of Little Rico?"
Links to this post:
"And when we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard nor welcome, but when we are silent we are still afraid. So it is better to speak remembering we were never meant to survive." -- Audie LordeAny copyrighted material presented here is done so for the purposes of news reporting and comment consistent with USC 17 Chapter 1 Title 107.