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Civil RICO Update; Court Requires Cigarette Companies To Issue Corrective Statement

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On December 6th, 2022, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a joint announcement with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) resolving the federal government’s long-running civil RICO lawsuit against many of the nation’s largest cigarette companies. As part of the agreement, these companies will take additional corrective action. In this… Read More »

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Federal Appeals Court Dismissed Civil RICO Claims Against Southwest And Boeing

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to a report from the Aero News Network, a federal appeals court has dismissed a civil RICO lawsuit against Southwest Airlines Boeing. The civil racketeering claim is related to a pair of international 737 Max-8 accidents that claimed hundreds of lives in 2018 and 2019. The civil RICO lawsuit was dismissed on the… Read More »

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Civil RICO Claims: What Constitutes A “Pattern” Of Racketeering Activity?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Through a civil RICO claim, a plaintiff can seek treble damages. Recovery may be available for three times their actual losses. That being said, it is not easy to establish liability in a recovery case. There are specific criteria that must be met—including proving a pattern of racketeering activity. Here, our Miami RICO claims… Read More »

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Civil RICO Lawsuit Alleges Contractor Embezzled Nearly $600,000 In Vermont Project

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to a report from VTDigger, a contractor has been accused of embezzlement of more than $600,000 from a non-profit organization in a civil RICO lawsuit filed in a state court in Vermont. The plaintiff ValleyNet—a nonprofit that operates the internet provider “ECFiber”—alleges that a contractor named John Van Vught diverted funds before disappearing…. Read More »

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Dechert Sued For Civil RICO Violation For Alleged Misconduct Of A Partner

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to a report from the American Bar Association (ABA) Journal, Dechert LLP —a large global law firm with a main office in Philadelphia, PA—is facing a civil RICO lawsuit. The law firm is being sued for allegedly being “willfully blind” to alleged unethical professional conduct by one of its London-based partners. Here, our… Read More »

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Cities And Towns In Rhode Island File A Civil RICO Lawsuit Against Consulting Firm McKinsey

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to a report from GoLocalProv, several municipal governments in Rhode Island have filed a civil RICO lawsuit against the national consulting firm McKinsey & Company. The civil racketeering claim relates to McKinsey’s alleged role in the opioid epidemic. Notably, there is already multi-district litigation ongoing regarding this matter. Here, our West Palm Beach… Read More »

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Federal Civil RICO Claims: RICO Conspiracy Lawsuits

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Racketeering is illegal. The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act is a federal law that prohibits racketeering. Florida has its own state RICO law. Notably, these statutes have both criminal and civil elements. A person, business, or organization that suffered financial harm due to racketeering activity can file a lawsuit directly against the… Read More »

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Federal Judge Dismisses Majority Of Cayuga Nation’s Civil RICO Lawsuit

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to a report from Auburn Citizen, a federal judge has dismissed a civil racketeering lawsuit filed by the Cayuga Nation. The Cayuga Nation of New York is a federally recognized Native American tribe. The group alleged that Pipekeepers Tobacco & Gas—a smoke shop located in Upstate New York—has committed a civil RICO violation…. Read More »

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What To Know About Causation And Civil RICO Claims

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Through a civil racketeering lawsuit, a plaintiff can hold a defendant liable for three times the actual losses sustained due to a civil RICO violation. However, establishing liability in a civil racketeering case is never easy. There is a high bar that plaintiffs need to clear. One of the most important elements of bringing… Read More »

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How To Prove A Predicate Act In A Racketeering Claim (Civil RICO Law)

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO Act) is both a criminal and civil statute. The law allows individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations to hold offenders responsible for losses caused by unlawful racketeering activity. To establish liability in a civil racketeering claim, a claimant must prove that the defendant(s) engaged in a predicate… Read More »

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