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RJR Nabisco, Inc. v. The European Community
On June 20, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Second Circuit decision that would have permitted private plaintiffs to sue for money damages under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) for injuries allegedly suffered abroad. By clarifying that a private RICO plaintiff must be able to allege and prove a domestic injury, the decision sharply reduces the viability of claims brought under civil RICO for overseas activities that have little or no connection to the United States. The decision marks a victory for WLF, which filed a brief in the case argued that the decision below would drastically expand the reach of RICO civil liability by misconstruing the statute to extend to allegations of foreign injuries. WLF’s brief cautioned that allowing foreign litigants to bring foreign civil disputes into U.S. courts would impose higher litigation costs on multi-national businesses. WLF’s merits brief was joined by the Allied Educational Foundation.
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8/31/2015: Download the Brief
12/18/2015: Download the Brief
Press Release: WLF Asks High Court to Clarify that RICO Act Does Not Cover Overseas Conduct
Press Release: In Success for WLF, High Court Agrees to Decide Whether RICO Act Covers Overseas Conduct
Press Release: WLF Asks High Court to Rule that RICO Act Does Not Cover Conduct Occurring Overseas
Press Release: Supreme Court Will Hear Oral Argument on Monday: Does RICO Act Cover Conduct Occurring Overseas?
Press Release: In WLF Victory, U.S. Supreme Court Holds that Civil RICO Lawsuits Do Not Cover Overseas Conduct
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