The RICO Law Blog is authored by Thomas Walker of Cosho Humphrey, LLP in Boise, Idaho. He provides insight and opinion on federal and state racketeering act litigation.
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Lawyers for British American Tobacco Co., seeking a chance to overturn an anti-racketeering ruling against it, on Friday notified the Supreme Court of a new lower court ruling that bars the overseas reach of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act of 1970 — one of the main U.S....
The ABA Journal “Law News Now” reported that toy maker MGA Entertainment, accused of stealing the idea for the Bratz doll by hiring Mattel workers, has turned the tables on its rival with a counterclaim that alleges a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act conspiracy to...
Lyle Denniston reported in the SCOTUS Blog that British American Tobacco Co. (“BATCo”) asked the U.S. Supreme Court to require lower courts review whether RICO should be enforced against foreign companies. RICO was used in the federal government’s lawsuit against the tobacco...
Last week attorneys filed a federal civil RICO suit against BP and Transocean in the Western District of Louisiana. Then on Monday another RICO lawsuit was filed targeting BP’s claims process. The suit filed in the Southern District of Alabama has accused three entities...
The Supreme Court has rejected appeals by the Obama administration and the nation's largest tobacco companies to get involved in a legal fight about the dangers of cigarette smoking that has stretched more than 10 years in a case involving the RICO statute.. The court's action, issued...
The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a multibillion-dollar RICO class action filed by the American Dental Association and its members against major insurance companies for their alleged failure to pay providers. The three-judge panel found that the complaint did not meet the...
A jury in a Boston-based US District court case found that Pfizer, the world’s largest drug maker, violated federal antiracketeering laws by promoting Neurontin for off-label uses. Neurontin is FDA-approved for the treatment of epilepsy, but the jury found Pfizer guilty of...
A major law firm partner has become one of six name plaintiffs in a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York alleging sex abuse perpetrated by a former teacher at a Brooklyn Catholic prep school. The amended complaint in Zimmerman et al v. Poly Prep Country Day...
On April 12, 2010, U.S. District Court Judge Harold Murphy granted a motion by employees of Mohawk Industries Inc. to preliminarily approve a settlement and certify the class, effectively putting an end to six years of litigation. The 11th Circuit had already ruled that Mohawk could be...
Plaintiffs lawyers heading up the litigation against Toyota for consumers whose vehicles have been recalled have added racketeering claims. They allege that the Japanese automaker falsely denied for the past decade that its vehicles are subject to sudden unintended acceleration and other...