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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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Retired Baseball Player Alex Rodriguez Facing Civil RICO Complaint from Former Brother-in-Law

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to reporting from The Morning Call, Alex Rodriguez is facing a lawsuit from Constantine Scurtis, his former brother-in-law. In an explosive lawsuit, the retired MLB superstar is being accused of fraud, racketeering, embezzlement, and a wide range of other financial misconduct. For his part, Mr. Rodriguez has consistently denied the allegations. Indeed, he… Read More »

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Report: Insurance Companies are Filing Civil RICO Lawsuits Against Alleged Fraudsters

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to a report from the SunSentinel, some insurance companies are starting to use civil RICO laws to combat (alleged) fraud. In recent weeks, both Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and Heritage Property & Casualty—two of the largest insurance providers in Florida—have filed civil RICO lawsuits. Here, our West Palm Beach RICO claims lawyers highlight… Read More »

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Civil RICO Claims: Proving Money/Property is “An Object of the Fraud”

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act—or as you probably know it “RICO”—was originally enacted to target organized crime. However, in recent years, RICO has increasingly become a civil issue. Through a civil RICO claim, a legitimate business or organization may face a civil lawsuit for a pattern of fraudulent conduct. In May of… Read More »

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Civil RICO Claims in Florida: What to Know About Standing

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Through a civil RICO lawsuit, a company, organization, or entity may be held legally liable for a pattern of fraudulent business practices. To bring a successful civil RICO claim in Florida, the plaintiff must prove a number of different elements, including: Fraud occurred; The defendant was part of an ‘enterprise’; and There was a… Read More »

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What You Need to Prove to Prevail in a Civil Rico Claim in Florida

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) refers to the state and federal laws that are used to bring criminal and civil penalties against ongoing criminal organizations. Though it is not well known, RICO claims are sometimes brought against legitimate businesses that are engaged in systematic fraud. Under Florida’s RICO statute, plaintiffs can hold… Read More »

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GEICO Files New Civil RICO Claim Against Florida Company

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to reporting from Autobody News, GEICO has filed a federal civil RICO lawsuit against a Florida-based windshield repair company. The large insurance company alleges that the defendant — a Tampa area auto repair business called Shazam Auto Glass ―  committed fraud by falsifying windshield repairs. In this article, our Miami RICO claims attorneys… Read More »

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What to Do If Your Miami Business is Facing RICO Charges

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO Act) is an increasingly important issue in the realm of business law. While the RICO Act is often associated in popular culture with criminal charges, your Florida business could also face a civil RICO lawsuit. If found liable for a civil violation under the RICO Act,… Read More »

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Civil RICO Lawsuit Brought Against HomeAdvisor

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to reporting from PR Newswire, a class action civil RICO lawsuit has been brought against IAC/InteractiveCorp and its subsidiary company HomeAdvisor. HomeAdvisor is a web based company that helps to match homeowners with contractors and other home service companies. HomeAdvisor not only provides a directory of local companies that offer home-related services, but… Read More »

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