Fla. Tribe's Racketeering Suit Against Ex-Chairman Tossed

Law360, Miami (September 30, 2013, 7:53 PM EDT) -- A Florida federal judge on Monday dismissed the Miccosukee Tribe's racketeering suit accusing its former chairman of embezzling $14 million from the tribe, ruling that the dispute is an intratribal one that does not fall under federal jurisdiction.

U.S. District Judge Marcia G. Cooke said the tribe's dispute with ex-chairman Billy Cypress and its former legal and financial advisers involves interpretation of the tribal constitution and not federal law. The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, under which the tribe brought its claims, does not provide...
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Case Information

Case Title

Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida v. Cypress et al

Case Number



Florida Southern

Nature of Suit

Racketeer/Corrupt Organization


Marcia G. Cooke

Date Filed

July 1, 2012

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