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HealthBridge RICO Complaint Against SEIU 1199NE

HealthBridge RICO Complaint Against SEIU 1199NE

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY
Civil Action No.
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Care One Management, LLC; HealthBridge Management, LLC; Care One at Birchwood,LLC, d/b/a Care One at The Highlands; Care One at East Brunswick, LLC, d/b/a CareOne at East Brunswick; Care One at Hamilton, LLC, d/b/a Care One at Hamilton; CareOne at Madison Avenue, LLC, d/b/a Care One at Madison Avenue; Care One at Mercer,LLC, d/b/a Care One at Ewing; Care One at Parsippany- Troy Hills, LLC, d/b/a Care Oneat Morris; Care One at Teaneck, LLC, d/b/a Care One at Teaneck; Care One at Wall,LLC, d/b/a Care One at Wall; Care Two, LLC, d/b/a Care One at Livingston; CareOne atMoorestown, LLC, d/b/a Care One at Moorestown; Elmwood Evesham Associates, LLC,d/b/a Care One at Evesham; HCC, LLC, d/b/a Care One at Holmdel; King James CareCenter of Middletown, LLC, d/b/a Care One at King James; Millennium HealthcareCenters II, LLC, d/b/a Care One at Dunroven; Millennium Healthcare Centers II, LLC,d/b/a Care One at Valley; Millennium Healthcare Centers, LLC, d/b/a Care One at PineRest; Millennium Healthcare Centers, LLC, d/b/a Care One at The Cupola; 11 HistoryLane Operating Company, LLC, d/b/a Care One at Jackson; 301 Union Street, LLC, d/b/aCare One at Wellington; 493 Black Oak Ridge Road, LLC, d/b/a Care One at Wayne;600 Kinderkamack Road Operating Company, LLC, d/b/a Oradell Health Care Center;800 River Road Operating Company, LLC, d/b/a Woodcrest Health Care Center; 2Cooper Plaza Operating Company, LLC, d/b/a South Jersey Health Care Center; 1621Route 22 West Operating Company, LLC, d/b/a Somerset Valley Rehabilitation andNursing Center; 341 Jordan Lane Operating Company II, LLC, d/b/a Wethersfield HealthCare Center; 1 Burr Road Operating Company II, LLC, d/b/a Westport Health CareCenter; 107 Osborne Street Operating Company II, LLC, d/b/a Danbury Health CareCenter; 240 Church Street Operating Company II, LLC, d/b/a Newington Health CareCenter; 245 Orange Avenue Operating Company II, LLC, d/b/a West River Health CareCenter; 710 Long Ridge Road Operating Company II, LLC, d/b/a Stamford Health CareCenter; 162 South Britain Road Operating Company II, LLC, d/b/a River Glen HealthCare Center; 2028 Bridgeport Avenue Operating Company II, LLC, d/b/a Golden HillHealth Care Center; 745 Highland Avenue Operating Company, LLC, d/b/a TheHighlands Health Care Center; 135 Benton Drive Operating Company, LLC, d/b/aRedstone Health Care Center; 178 Lowell Street Operating Company, LLC, d/b/aLexington Health Care Center; 19 Varnum Street Operating Company, LLC, d/b/aLowell Health Care Center; 199 Andover Street Operating Company, LLC, d/b/aPeabody Glen Health Care Center; 2101 Washington Street Operating Company, LLC,d/b/a Newton Healthcare Center; 221 Fitzgerald Drive Operating Company, LLC, d/b/aNew Bedford Health Care Center; 260 Easthampton Road Operating Company, LLC,d/b/a Holyoke Rehabilitation Center; 312 Millbury Avenue Operating Company, LLC,d/b/a Millbury Health Care Center; 49 Thomas Patten Drive Operating Company, LLC,d/b/a Cedar Hill Health Care Center; 548 Elm Street Operating Company, LLC, d/b/aCalvin Coolidge Nursing and Rehab. Center for Northhampton; 57 Old Road to Nine
Case 2:33-av-00001 Document 16283 Filed 10/10/12 Page 1 of 74 PageID: 352863
 
 Acre Corner Operating Company, LLC, d/b/a Concord Health Care Center; 64Performance Drive Operating Company, LLC, d/b/a Weymouth Health Care Center; 70Granite Street Operating Company, LLC, d/b/a North Shore Health Care Center; 750Woburn Street Operating Company, LLC, d/b/a Wilmington Health Care Center; Park,and Marion and Vernon Streets Operating Company, LLC, d/b/a Brookline Health CareCenter,Plaintiffs,vs.United Healthcare Workers East, SEIU 1199; andNew England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199,Defendants.
______________________________________________________________________________COMPLAINT FOR MONETARY AND EQUITABLE RELIEF______________________________________________________________________________K&L GATES LLP
One Newark Center - Tenth FloorNewark, New Jersey 07102(973) 848-4000Attorneys for Plaintiffs
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
NATURE OF THE ACTION..........................................................................................................1PARTIES AND OTHER PARTICIPANTS..................................................................................11I. The Plaintiffs......................................................................................................................11II. The Defendants and the SEIU............................................................................................12III. The 1199 Enterprise...........................................................................................................14JURISDICTION AND VENUE....................................................................................................15FACTUAL BACKGROUND........................................................................................................16I. The Unions’ Overarching Goals and Admitted Pattern of Reliance on Extortion inConducting Corporate Campaigns.....................................................................................16A. The Unions’ Growth Strategy................................................................................16B. Substantial Financial Pressure Facing the NEHCEU and UHWE.........................16C. The Use of Corporate Campaigns..........................................................................18D. The SEIU and its Affiliated Locals Follow the Manual to Extort Money andOther Concessions from Employers......................................................................21II. The Unions’ Campaign of Extortion Directed Against Plaintiffs......................................25A. The Goals of the Extortion Campaign...................................................................25B. The Extortionate Tactics Employed by the Unions...............................................281. Criminal Acts of Sabotage.........................................................................282. Abusing the Legal Process.........................................................................30a. Interfering with Straus’s development projectsin New York...................................................................................30b. “Ten Taxpayer” Petitions in Massachusetts..................................31c. Improper Influence of Connecticut Elected Officials....................33d. Baseless Claims to Connecticut Regulators...................................34
Case 2:33-av-00001 Document 16283 Filed 10/10/12 Page 3 of 74 PageID: 352865

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