A lawsuit that accused Miami Beach of engaging in a racketeering scheme to deny police officers full worker’s compensation benefits has been voluntarily dismissed.
Current and former police officers, including former Chief Carlos Noriega, filed the class action suit in March. They claimed that Miami Beach worked with its worker’s comp provider to deny full benefits to police officers, who receive special benefits if they suffer heart problems while on the job.
City Attorney Jose Smith had called the suit a “farce,” and sought to have it thrown out. But attorneys for the police withdrew the city from the complaint on Wednesday, before a judge could decide whether the suit should move forward.
The suit remains pending against the city’s worker’s compensation service agent, Johns Eastern Co.
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