Civil RICO

A case involving whether filing nonmeritious litigation constitutes a “predicate act” for purposes of the federal RICO statute. Southern Scrap Material Co. v. Fleming, 2003 WL 22415995 (E.D. La. Oct. 21, 2003).

A group of employee health benefit funds in a suit seeking recovery from tobacco companies for benefits paid to treat illnesses caused by tobacco use. Texas Carpenters Health Ben. Fund v. Philip Morris, Inc., 21 F. Supp. 2d 664 (E.D. Tex. 1998).

Various labor union health trust funds in a series of appeals presenting the question whether health care payors can be deprived of standing to sue under the federal RICO statute for injury to their “business or property” caused by tobacco company defendants, on the ground that such suits are too “remote” and “indirect” as a matter of law. Laborers Union Local 17 Health and Benefit Fund v. Philip Morris, Inc., 528 U.S. 1080 (2000). See 1999 WL 33632757 (brief) (U.S. Supreme Court); Oregon Laborers-Employers Health & Welfare Fund v. Philip Morris, Inc., 528 U.S. 1075 (2000). See 1999 WL 33632912 (brief) (U.S. Supreme Court); Steamfitters Local Union No. 420 Welfare Fund v. Philip Morris, Inc., 528 U.S. 1105 (2000). See 1999 WL 33632834 (brief) (U.S. Supreme Court).

A telecommunications company in a case involving civil RICO and state-law claims. Straitshot Communications, Inc. v. Telekenex, Inc., 2012 WL 727271, W.D.Wash., March 06, 2012 (NO. C10-268Z); Straitshot Communications, Inc. v. Telekenex, Inc., 2011 WL 6013829, W.D.Wash., December 01, 2011 (NO. C10-268Z); Straitshot Communications, Inc. v. Telekenex, Inc., 2011 WL 2144238, W.D.Wash., May 27, 2011 (NO. C10-268Z); Straightshot Communications, Inc. v. Telekenex, Inc., 2011 WL 1770930, W.D.Wash., May 09, 2011 (NO. C10-268Z); Straightshot Communications, Inc. v. Telekenex, Inc., 2011 WL 1770935, RICO Bus.Disp.Guide 12,046, W.D.Wash., May 09, 2011 (NO. C10-268Z); Straightshot Communications, Inc. v. Telekenex, Inc., 2011 WL 813598, W.D.Wash., March 01, 2011; Straightshot Communications Inc. v. Telekenex, Inc., 2010 WL 4793538, W.D.Wash., November 19, 2010 (NO. C10-268Z).