When Congress passed the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) in 1970, it sought to provide the Justice Department and private litigants with a means to eradicate organized criminal activity from legitimate businesses. In the years since, courts have written volumes on the meaning of the law, sometimes criticizing aggressive litigants for wielding the law with no sound basis for doing so.
Gone are the days when critics of the law feared that it would turn ordinary civil litigants into private attorneys general. RICO has found its place mostly on the fringes of the American legal system. But it is still a force to be reckoned with, because of the damage a "racketeering" accusation can do to reputations, and because of the treble damages available for successful claims.
Robb Leonard Mulvihill attorneys understand the legal scrutiny RICO claims receive, especially early in a case. We organize our defense of these claims around this understanding, constantly looking for insufficiencies in allegations and/or factual development as a basis for dismissal or judgment as a matter of law.