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Who Can Be Named As A Defendant In A Federal Civil RICO Lawsuit?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

In 1970, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act was passed into law in an effort to combat organized crime. RICO is a criminal statute that also includes a civil element. An individual, business, or organization defrauded due to racketeering activity can file a civil RICO lawsuit against the responsible party. This raises… Read More »

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Who Has Standing To File A Federal Civil RICO Lawsuit?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Not everyone has the right to have their case heard in court. A plaintiff must first establish that they have “standing” in order to be eligible to pursue their legal claim. In the legal context, standing is simply the capacity to bring a particular lawsuit in court. In this blog post, our Miami RICO… Read More »

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Major BioTech Company Faces Lawsuit For Alleged Civil RICO Violations

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On April 4th, 2022, a health insurance company in New Jersey filed a civil RICO lawsuit against Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company based in New York State (Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc .D/B/A Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey v. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) The lawsuit alleges a corruption scheme related to Eylea macular… Read More »

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Civil RICO: What Is A Predicate Act?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO Act) is most well known as the law  that helped to take down the mafia and other criminal enterprises. Federal and state RICO laws also have a civil portion. A private party plaintiff can file a civil RICO lawsuit to hold a defendant financially responsible for… Read More »

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Defining An “Enterprise” Under Florida’s Civil RICO Statute

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Under Florida’s state civil RICO statute, a plaintiff can hold a defendant legally liable for damages caused by racketeering activity. RICO lawsuits are among the most complex types of civil legal claims. There are a number or specific elements that must be satisfied in order to establish civil RICO liability. Among other things, a… Read More »

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Federal Civil RICO Litigation: Court Rules Thwarted Beneficiary Not Eligible To Pursue Civil RICO Claim

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled against a plaintiff in a civil RICO lawsuit. In the case of Lerner v. Colman, et al, the federal court determined that the plaintiff—a beneficiary who suffered damage because of alleged racketeering activity involving her uncle’s estate—cannot move forward with a civil… Read More »

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What To Know About Civil RICO Claims And Arbitration

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Arbitration is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) through which a legal conflict is resolved by an independent arbitrator instead of in state or federal court. Many different types of commercial disputes may be subject to arbitration, potentially even including civil RICO claims. At Pike & Lustig, LLP, we have extensive experience representing… Read More »

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What Is Proximate Cause In A Civil RICO Claim?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Through a federal civil RICO lawsuit or a Florida civil RICO lawsuit, a plaintiff can hold a defendant liable for financial damages caused by racketeering activity. Civil RICO claims are not just for holding criminal enterprises accountable. A legitimate business or organization could face civil RICO liability if they have caused another party losses… Read More »

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Florida Civil RICO Lawsuit: Geico Seeking $6 Million In Damages For Alleged PIP Fraud

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to a report from Law.com, Geico is seeking $6 million in damages in a civil RICO lawsuit in Florida. The multi-billion dollar insurance company alleges that several defendants carried out a fraud scheme related to Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage. In this blog post, our Miami RICO claims lawyers offer a more comprehensive… Read More »

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Civil RICO Claims: How Are Treble Damages Calculated?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

The federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and the Florida Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act are laws that bar racketeering activity. While you often hear both statutes associated with criminal matters, both the federal RICO Act and the Florida RICO Act allow for the filing of civil lawsuits to seek… Read More »

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