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The broad reach of civil RICO

The New York Times headline—"No Mob Bosses in This Legal Strategy"—says it all. When I researched the question thirteen years ago, civil RICO had yet to be used against violent organized crime. I don't think that's changed. The latest attempt: the French company Vivendi is suing the German Deutsche Telekom over a Polish telecom deal gone bad after an Austrian arbitration ruled in favor of Deutsche Telekom. Why this is filed in Seattle? "The latest legal step is based on Vivendiļæ½s contention that American phone networks were used to send e-mail messages as part of an organized scheme to defraud the company." (Ken Belson and Kevin O'Brien, New York Times, Oct. 25) (via Bashman). Earlier on Point of Law: Jun. 19 and links therein.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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