The ongoing saga of the Philadelphia Convention Center just intensified with a complaint under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act filed against the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters, as well as individuals, by the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority (PCCA).
According to the complaint, the PCCA is seeking to “recover the more than $1 million in damages that Defendants have inflicted upon the taxpayers of Pennsylvania through a prolonged and malicious pattern of illegal and extortionate conduct in violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.”
Read the complaint here and at the bottom of this page.
The PCCA is also seeking the court’s “protection against the multiple violent and intimidating acts to which Defendants have subjected the PCCA and its employees, affiliates, customers, and exhibitors over the past year.”
The defendents, according to the PCCA, conducted “a campaign of illegal violence and intimidation aimed at the PCCA and others associated with the Convention Center, including customers, exhibitors, vendors and contractors, and members of other unions.”
This campaign consisted of a “pattern of racketeering activity included illegal and disruptive mass picketing and protests; physical intimidation, harassment, stalking, and assault and battery; verbal intimidation, harassment, race-baiting, and threats; and the destruction of property,” the PCCA alleges.