Friday, June 10, 2005

Lawyers & RICO

The ABA e-journal has a post here discussing a civil RICO case against two lawyers.  RICO, through 18 U.S.C. s 1964, has civil provisions that allow civil litigants to bring RICO actions and if successful receive treble damages and attorney fees. But there is a stumbling block, namely the Reves case, when someone tries to bring a RICO action against attorneys, accountants, or others who might not be part of the "operation or management" of the enterprise.  Co-editor Peter Henning explains this decision and its applicability to the present case in the ABA e-journal here.

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