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What Is The Difference Between A Criminal RICO Case And Civil RICO Case?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

The federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and the federal Florida Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act are both complicated and frequently misunderstood. One of the main points of confusion is that there are criminal and civil RICO statutes in place. Here, our Miami RICO claims lawyers provide a brief history… Read More »

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Federal Judge Declines To Dismiss Civil RICO Against Electronic Cigarette-Maker Juul Labs

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to a report from the Insurance Journal, a federal judge in San Francisco is allowing a civil RICO lawsuit against Juul Labs Inc.—the nation’s largest electronic cigarette company and maker of “vape” products—to move forward. A collection of consumers, government agencies, and even school districts are currently pursuing a civil RICO claim against… Read More »

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Former Top Executive At LSU Filing State And Federal RICO Lawsuit Against University

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to a report from WBRZ 2 ABC, a former high-ranking executive employee at Louisiana State University (LSU) is filing a $50 million corruption lawsuit against the institution, her former bosses, and an area law firm. Among other things, she contends that LSU committed federal and state RICO violations. Here, our Miami RICO lawyers… Read More »

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Civil RICO Lawsuit: Closed-Ended Continuity vs. Open-Ended Continuity

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Although RICO cases are often associated with criminal activity, plaintiffs can file a civil lawsuit under federal and state RICO laws. Civil RICO claims are notoriously complex. Among other things, you must prove that a defendant engaged in a “pattern” of unlawful racketeering activity to bring a successful civil RICO lawsuit. In order to… Read More »

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The Attempted Collection of an Unlawful Debt Could Constitute a Civil RICO Violation

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Debt collectors are required to follow certain rules and procedures. As an example, a collection agency must comply with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Failure to do so could result in sanctions, including significant financial liability. The FDCPA and other similar consumer protection laws govern the practices of debt collectors attempting to… Read More »

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A Florida Company has Filed a CIVIL RICO Lawsuit Over Missing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to a report from Law 360, a Florida company has filed a multi-million dollar civil RICO lawsuit against Apex Distribution LLC, an international procurement service firm based in New Jersey. MBI Services LLC alleges that Apex Distribution misrepresented its ability to import millions of protective gloves and engaged in organized fraud to keep… Read More »

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Two Differences Between the Florida RICO Statute and the Federal RICO Statute

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Under the Florida RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization) Act, a plaintiff can bring a civil claim to seek financial damages caused by a “pattern” of racketeering activity. Florida’s RICO law shares many similarities with the federal RICO statute. In fact, Florida legislators mirrored the state RICO law after the federal statute. That being… Read More »

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Civil RICO Lawsuits: What are ‘Treble Damages’?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Under the Florida Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act, a plaintiff can file a civil lawsuit against defendant(s) who engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity. Notably, a plaintiff that files a successful civil RICO claim can seek treble damages. Under U.S. law, treble damage provisions allow courts to triple the amount of… Read More »

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Civil RICO Lawsuits in Florida: What to Know About ‘Continuity’

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Through a civil RICO lawsuit, a plaintiff can hold defendant(s) liable for damages caused by a pattern of racketeering activity. Florida courts are clear—a RICO violation is more than “garden variety fraud.” You must establish a pattern of related misconduct. In determining if a pattern exists, one of the things that courts look for… Read More »

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How to Survive a Motion to Dismiss in a Civil RICO Case

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Through a civil RICO lawsuit, you can hold another party responsible for losses related to an organized fraud scheme. There is a lot at stake in these cases: Under Florida’s RICO statute, a plaintiff can recover for up to three times the amount of their actual financial losses. Bringing a successful RICO claim is… Read More »

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