Jury selection has begun in the criminal trial of 12 Atlanta teachers and administrators accused of conspiring to alter and inflate student scores on standardized testing utilized to gauge compliance with, and eligibility for...more
The Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) (18 U.S.C. § 1962) is a federal civil and criminal statute originally designed to thwart organized crime. It has been previously used to prosecute, among others,...more
Is there a statute with a better acronym than RICO?
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, apart from its great acronym, has been both a great success and a tool for misuse. We don’t often see RICO...more
In last week’s decision in Chevron v. Donziger, the court enjoined the enforcement of a $9.5 billion Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron Corp. for environmental pollution, alleged to have been caused by its predecessor,...more
Orrick is pleased to announce the third issue of The World in US Courts: Orrick’s Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law To Global Business and Cross-Border Activities.
This issue discusses 33 new decisions that...more
Plaintiffs who failed in their state worker’s compensation claim cannot sue their employers and their medical experts under federal civil racketeering laws, the en banc 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled....more
To state that the federal RICO statue has long since slipped the bounds of Congress’s original intent is hardly a novel observation. Although the U.S. Attorney’s Manual points out that "the purpose of the RICO statute is 'the...more
Megaupload Ltd. is alleged to have disseminated copyright protected movies and music and US prosecutors now have the task of gaining access to the company’s servers in a bid to prove their case....more
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