No. 01-35276.

301 F.3d 1163 (2002)

Olivia MENDOZA, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated; Juana Mendiola, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. ZIRKLE FRUIT CO., a Washington corporation; Matson Fruit Company, a Washington corporation; Selective Employment Agency, Inc., a Washington corporation, Defendants-Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Filed September 3, 2002.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Steve W. Berman & Andrew M. Volk, Hagens Berman LLP, Seattle, WA, and Howard W. Foster, Johnson & Bell, Ltd., Chicago, IL, for the appellants.

Irwin Schwartz, Law Offices of Irwin Schwartz, Seattle, WA, Sheryl Gordon McCloud, Law Offices of Sheryl Gordon McCloud, Seattle, WA, Walter G. Meyer, Meyer, Fluegge & Tenney, P.S., Yakima, WA, Terry Schmalz, Halverson & Applegate, P.S., Yakima, WA, for appellees Zirkle Fruit Co. and Matson Fruit Co.

J. Jay Carroll, Brendan Victor Monahan, Velikanje, Moore & Shore, P.S., Yakima, WA, for appellee Selective Employment Agency, Inc.

Before: BRUNETTI, TROTT, and McKEOWN, Circuit Judges.

McKEOWN, Circuit Judge.

This case arises from claims that two agricultural companies leveraged the hiring of undocumented immigrants in order to depress the wages of their legally documented employees. We are called upon to decide two significant issues. First, we must determine whether, under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act ("RICO"), 18 U.S.C. §§ 1961-1968, legally documented agricultural...


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