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
If you are accused of being a member of an organization that has committed at least two crimes from a list of 35 within 10 years, you can be charged under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. If...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
Established in 1970, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, commonly known as RICO, is a white-collar offense law that doles out harsh punishments for individuals who participate in organized crime. In the...more
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...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
In a narcotics case surprisingly relevant to the antitrust world, the United States Supreme Court recently addressed withdrawal from a criminal conspiracy. In Smith v. United States, a unanimous Court held that the burden...more
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