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Chesley Files RICO Class Action Against Toyota

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 Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act...

Pfizer Ordered To Pay $47.3M To Health Insurer In Neurontin RICO Trial

BOSTON — (Mealey’s) A Massachusetts federal jury on March 25 awarded $47.3 million to the Kaiser Foundation after finding that Pfizer Inc. engaged in racketeering and unfair competition through its off-label marketing of Neurontin ( In Re: Neurontin Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products...

Chevron Countersues Ecuador Pollution Claimants

SAN RAMON, Calif. - (AP) Chevron Corp. on Tuesday filed a countersuit against trial lawyers and their consultants for what it says was a campaign to rig the Ecuadorean court system in a bid to win billions of dollars in a pollution claim. The step is the latest in an 18-year-old court battle. . . . Full...

Judge: Resort Lawsuit Can Go On, But No RICO Claim

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 in the multibillion-dollar case. The ruling Thursday...

Judge's Jurisdiction Over Tobacco Racketeering Case Affirmed By D.C. Circuit

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 of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ( United...

2nd Circuit Reinstates Smuggling, Racketeering Claims Against R.J. Reynolds

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 brought by the EC against the corporate parent...