Contractor Slips RICO Claims In Puerto Rico Power Grid Suit

Law360 (October 15, 2020, 4:56 PM EDT) -- A Florida federal judge on Wednesday tossed racketeering claims against an energy company and its subsidiary accused of bribing federal officials to land the contract restoring Puerto Rico's power grid after Hurricane Maria hit the island in 2017, but deferred ruling on two remaining claims that may ultimately be removed from federal court.

In a 12-page mixed order, U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola ruled that engineering company MasTec Inc. failed to establish that Mammoth Energy Services Inc. and its subsidiary Cobra Acquisitions conspired in a longstanding racketeering scheme.

"After careful review, the court agrees with the defendants that MasTec has failed to...

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