Class Certification In Consumer Product RICO Cases

Law360, New York (April 29, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- RICO “was created to give the government more power to keep organized mobsters from infiltrating businesses. But today, U.S. attorneys file only a handful of criminal cases each year. Instead, it’s evolved into a powerful and controversial tool for suing corporations in civil class action suits.”[1]

Moreover, "RICO has become an increasingly common claim in product-related litigation. This strange phenomenon is only one natural outgrowth of the many nontraditional uses that creative plaintiffs’ lawyers have found for RICO. The RICO 'person' is no longer the hit...
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