The U.S. Supreme Court says the purpose of the civil RICO law (with treble
damages) is to turn us into "private attorneys general, supplementing
Government efforts by undertaking litigation in the public good".
Rotella v. Wood et al., 528 U.S. 549 (2000)
What is "civil RICO" ?
By Udo Birnbaum
Below are my answers to questions I am frequently asked about civil RICO:
Why did you say lawyers and judges hate civil RICO?
Civil RICO has a wide sweep?
What do you mean by racket?
Give an example of a civil RICO case.
Where cars were being maneuvered to be rear-ended, everybody wound up claiming back injuries, being treated in the same clinics, represented by the same lawyers, and the settlement payments going who knows where, and State Farm being ripped off by the whole thing.
A real "racket", including the lawyers. Enron was also being sued under civil RICO. The Texas tobacco suit also had a civil RICO count.
So why did the judge come down on you when you made a civil RICO claim?
There is of course no such thing as an "open account" for legal fees. An open account requires SALE and DELIVERY of goods and services, on a regular basis, like a credit card.
So why did the judge come down on you for your civil RICO claim?
I am convinced it was because I stood up against a crooked lawyer, and under civil RICO at that.
Is there any law against suing a lawyer under the anti-racketeering statute,
And if this stuff went before a jury, with ALL the evidence being shown to the jury, who knows what a jury might do. We know what most people think about lawyers, just look at all the "tort reform" talk each election time.
You seem to be down on courts and lawyers?
Without the law we have nothing. Just look at Iraq and Afghanistan, and a lot of other countries.
Are you a lawyer?
And I am ever more convinced that the Supreme Court is right about civil RICO.
"Stop Courthouse Illiteracy"
"Real progress and real reform won't happen without an understanding of the real truth".
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