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Judge's Jurisdiction Over Tobacco Racketeering Case Affirmed By D.C. Circuit
Posted on 27 Jul 2012 by Michael Lefkowitz

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A District of Columbia federal judge's continued jurisdiction over a 13-year-old racketeering case against Big Tobacco stemming from the companies' concealment of the risks of tobacco use was affirmed July 27 by the District... Read More

Garlock Sues Law Firms, Alleging Fraud Over Asbestos Claims
Posted on 10 Jan 2014 by Emerson Heffner

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — (Mealey’s) Chapter 11 debtor Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC filed four adversary complaints Jan. 9 in a North Carolina federal bankruptcy court against several law firms and attorneys, alleging conspiracy, fraud and violations... Read More

2nd Circuit Reinstates Smuggling, Racketeering Claims Against R.J. Reynolds
Posted on 24 Apr 2014 by Michael Lefkowitz

NEW YORK — (Mealey’s) The European Community (EC) is an agency or instrumentality of its member states for the purpose of diversity jurisdiction in U.S. federal courts, and allegations of cigarette smuggling, racketeering and money laundering... Read More

Neurontin MDL Judge Grants Summary Judgment Against All But 2 Class Plaintiffs
Posted on 10 Dec 2010 by Tom Moylan

BOSTON - (Mealey's) The Massachusetts federal judge overseeing the Neurontin multidistrict litigation on Dec. 10 granted summary judgment against all but two class action plaintiffs after finding no direct evidence that Pfizer Inc.'s off-label... Read More

6 Third-Party Payers Settle Zyprexa Claims For $4.5Million After Class Vacated
Posted on 13 Jan 2012 by Tom Moylan

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - (Mealey's) The Zyprexa multidistrict litigation judge on Jan. 12 approved a $4.5 million settlement between Eli Lilly and Co. and six third-party payers who had their Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) class... Read More

Williams Mullen Alert: Are Civil RICO Class Actions Based on Alleged Immigration Offenses Dead?
Posted on 14 Aug 2012 by Williams Mullen

By Mary E. Pivec and Reba Mendoza The Fourth Circuit's recent decision in Walters v. McMahen [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ] affirming the trial court's dismissal of a civil RICO class action at the pleading stage is encouraging... Read More

Troutman Sanders LLP: Big Tobacco Loses Appeal in Racketeering Case
Posted on 14 Aug 2012 by Troutman Sanders

A federal appellate court recently rejected the tobacco industry's argument that restrictions imposed as part of a 2006 judgment should be set aside because Congress, in 2009, passed a law that imposed other restrictions on the industry and gave the... Read More

Judge: Resort Lawsuit Can Go On, But No RICO Claim
Posted on 4 Apr 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

BILLINGS, Mont. - (AP) A federal judge in Idaho ruled that Credit Suisse can be sued by property owners over loans the international banking giant made to luxury resorts that went broke. The judge also dismissed a racketeering claim against Credit Suisse... Read More

Foreclosure Class Actions Pile Up Against Banks
Posted on 19 Nov 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

NEW YORK - (AP) Foreclosure-fraud class action lawsuits are starting to pile up against major banks across the U.S., threatening a besieged industry with billions more in potential losses. Bank executives are swarming Capitol Hill this week to defend... Read More

Judge Tosses RICO Claims Against BP For Oil Spill
Posted on 20 Jul 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

ATLANTA - (AP) A federal judge on Friday threw out racketeering claims by the lead plaintiffs suing BP over last year's oil spill, and he gave the company another win by setting aside claims filed by one of BP's partners in the well project that... Read More

Chesley Files RICO Class Action Against Toyota
Posted on 11 Mar 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

CINCINNATI — Stanley M. Chesley of the Cincinnati-based law firm of Waite, Schneider, Bayless & Chesley Co. L.P.A. announced Feb. 12 that he had filed the first national class action lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corp. under the federal... Read More