3 Ways Defendants Can Nip Civil RICO Claims In The Bud

Law360 (December 7, 2020, 5:47 PM EST) -- Opportunistic plaintiffs sometimes use the federal civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act to turn a garden variety commercial fraud claim into a federal claim that exposes defendants to treble damages and an award of attorney fees.

Targets of these claims understandably seek to avoid these risks, as well as the stigma of an alleged racketeering charge. 

There have been a number of recent cases in which federal courts across the country have rejected civil RICO claims at the pleading stage. 

This article highlights those cases and addresses three ways in which defendants can nip civil RICO claims in the bud....

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