The Court must now decide whether or not the patchwork of claims that remain can be certified as a broad class. It is worth noting that the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has never upheld class certification in a RICO case. Earlier this month, in a case that presented issues similar to those presented in the managed care cases, the Eleventh Circuit decertified a RICO class in Sikes v. Teleline, Inc., et. al., No. 99-8007, -- F.3d --, 2002 WL 219870 (11th Cir. Feb. 13, 2002).
In the wake of today's ruling, this case remains what it has always been - a cause of action in search of a rationale. It is important to note that not a single plaintiff claims that they were ever denied any benefit or suffered any real injury.