High Court Gives Gov't License To Take RICO Claims Global

By Evan Weinberger (June 20, 2016, 9:25 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday gave federal prosecutors wide latitude to bring global cases under a key organized crime-fighting statute even as it put up a roadblock for private plaintiffs who want to bring cases in U.S. courts about alleged criminal activity abroad.

The high court's complicated decision ending the long-running legal battle between RJR Nabisco Inc. and the European Union clarified that the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act — a statute the government has long relied on in going after organized crime, drug cartels and terrorist organizations both in the United States and around the world — has...

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