Federal Judge Deems Internet Smear Campaign Claim Extortion, Not Racketeering

PHOENIX - Various activities that a plaintiff says demonstrate a pattern of racketeering undertaken by its former marketing partner are merely "part of a single alleged extortion scheme," a New Jersey federal judge ruled May 10, and not sufficient evidence of racketeering under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (Aviva USA Corp., et al. v. Anil Vazirani, et al.,  No. 11-0369, D. Ariz.; 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 65448).

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