Litigation Can't Be Racketeering, Atty Facing RICO Suit Says

Law360, Chicago (April 11, 2017, 3:50 PM EDT) -- An attorney facing a proposed class action filed by plaintiff firms accusing him of using the settlement objection process to extort money from them hit back at the allegations Monday, arguing that litigation can’t be the basis of a racketeering conspiracy.

Texas attorney Christopher Bandas asked an Illinois federal judge to dismiss the action, filed by Chicago-based firm Edelson PC, saying Edelson’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act allegations can’t survive court rulings from across the country that bar racketeering claims based on the filing of legal action.

Bandas and his firm, The Bandas Law Firm PC, are among a group...

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