7th Circ. Affirms $413M Judgment In Business Park RICO Suit
By Kurt Orzeck
Law360, Los Angeles (February 4, 2014, 10:15 PM ET) -- The Seventh Circuit ruled Tuesday that an Illinois federal judge didn't abuse her discretion by ordering a $413 million default judgment against shareholders alleged to have broken federal racketeering laws by looting a business park in Poland to build subdivisions in Chicago.
Affirming U.S. District Judge Elaine E. Bucklo's decisions to levy the sanctions and hold the three defendants-at-issue in contempt, the appeals court said they repeatedly abused the discovery process by refusing to produce bank account records and preserve hard-drive files as requested by the...