2nd Circ. Affirms Toss Of Nonprofit CEO's RICO Suit

Law360 (March 19, 2020, 9:25 PM EDT) -- The Second Circuit has affirmed the toss of a suit lodged by a human rights activist, who claimed the alleged smear campaigns by Fusion GPS against him and two others amounted to a conspiracy that violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. 

The appeals court agreed with the New York federal judge's decision to dismiss the case, saying he didn't err in finding Thor Halvorssen, founder and CEO of the Human Rights Foundation, failed to allege a pattern of racketeering activity by the research firm and executives of Venezuelan energy company Derwick Associates.

Halvorssen, a critic of corruption in Venezuela, alleged...

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