Articles Posted in RICO

The U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies What Is — and Isn’t — a ‘Domestic Injury’ for Purposes of a Civil Rico Claim
Poole Huffman, LLC

Often, RICO cases fail due to very specific pleading errors. A RICO plaintiff may fail to meet the law’s requirements for pleading continuity, for pleading a valid RICO enterprise, for pleading underlying fraud claims with particularity, or for pleading an injury that qualifies under the law as “domestic,” not foreign. Whether you are pursuing a…

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Patterns of Racketeering Activity, Rico Enterprises, and Obtaining a Dismissal of a Rico Claim in Georgia
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Being served with a lawsuit is stressful for any business owner. Being served with a civil Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act lawsuit — with its ominous-sounding title and the risk of possibly owing triple damages(!) — can be eminently more stress-inducing. Before having a panic attack, however, keep in mind that many civil…

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Several Ways that You Can Defeat a Federal RICO Claim (and How Georgia’s RICO Law Differs)
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Non-lawyers often associate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act with mobsters and gangs. RICO’s reach spans far beyond that, though. The statute allows for civil actions, making a federal RICO claim a potentially powerful weapon in a business dispute. Pleading requirements for federal civil RICO are complex, however, creating many traps for the…

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What’s Needed to Establish Causation in a Rico Claim in Federal Court
Poole Huffman, LLC

A recent federal appellate decision could amount to something very important to businesses that may need to pursue, or defendant against, a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act claim. The ruling potentially represents a broadening of what kind of causal linkage is direct enough to meet the causation requirement of a RICO claim, which…

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A Famous Athlete’s Rico Case Outcome Holds Several Useful Lessons if You’re Defending a Rico Claim in Georgia
Poole Huffman, LLC

If you follow enough civil RICO cases, you’ll notice that many plaintiffs’ RICO claims lack merit, sometimes obviously so. Of course, even when the RICO claim that a plaintiff has aimed at your business is one of those claims long on bluster and short on merit, they are still potentially harmful to you and your…

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Using Your Opponent’s Errors in the Pleading Process to Get Your Georgia Rico Case Dismissed
Poole Huffman, LLC

Civil RICO cases are a very special kind of civil lawsuit. More than a lot of other kinds of civil lawsuits (like, say, an auto accident case,) RICO cases involve numerous technical statutory pleading requirements, any one of which can be fatal to the plaintiffs’ case if not met to the precision required by the…

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What a Recent Headline-Making Civil Rico Ruling Can Teach if You’ve Been Sued for Racketeering in Georgia
Poole Huffman, LLC

If you operate a business long enough, you’re almost certain to be sued at some point. Sometimes, those civil suits may present scary and intimidating causes of action, such as accusing you and your business of engaging in racketeering activity. While they may seem unnerving to you, they are often, in the eye of an…

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The Proper Actions to Take When Someone Files a Meritless Georgia Rico Complaint Against You
Poole Huffman, LLC

If you have a business in Georgia, you have likely been sued or eventually will be sued. If you receive a complaint that alleges that you violated racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations (RICO) laws, it may be easy to say… that is completely ridiculous! Indeed, it may well be. However, even if you fervently believe…

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