Category Archives: Civil RICO

If You Bring a Civil RICO Claim Against One of Our Clients, You’d Better Be Blameless

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, otherwise known as RICO, is a federal law aimed at prosecuting leaders of organizations when they order or assist others in racketeering. A common example is a protection service in which those who offer the protection harm any ostensible beneficiary who declines the service. RICO was enacted in… Read More »

Can You Learn to Organize an Anti-Israel Boycott at Summer Camp in New York?

Apparently a Quaker group thinks so. According to its website, the American Friends Service Committee is “a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world.” Yet one program it runs is a summer camp for college students to train student leaders in organizing anti-Israel boycotts. According to the website, the service… Read More »

RICO Laws: Who, What and Why?

Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, is a federal law enacted in 1970. The original purpose of this was to help the police to bring mafia members to justice. It focuses on racketeering and provides tools to bring the leaders of these organizations to justice for crimes they ordered, or suggested to be… Read More »

How NOT to Plead in a Civil RICO Complaint

On October 12, 2012, two affiliated companies that operate nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Connecticut jointly filed a RICO lawsuit against two local union affiliates in U.S. District Court in New Jersey. They allege the defendants engaged in a long-term pattern of criminal sabotage, intimidation and other acts of extortion in a coordinated… Read More »

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