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"I thought racketeers were the ones who broke bones, not the ones who mended them. There is extortion in this case: by the plaintiffs attorneys."

William H. Lash III, professor of law at George Mason University, responding to class-action lawsuits filed by 14 law firms against seven HMOs, alleging that the HMOs misrepresent their coverage and treatment and violate the civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

"Attracting and retaining the best employees has now become a serious business. As a result, employers are feeling the pressure to provide the best perks ever, from retirement packages and stock-option plans to affordable, quality health care."

Dennis Wootan, director of benefits administration with Northrop Grumman Corp. in Los Angeles.
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Title Annotation:law suite against Law Professor Lash, William H, III
Publication:Best's Review
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2000
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