skip navigation

PUBLICATIONS

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

 

NCJ Number: 97951 Find in a Library
Title: RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) - Business Disputes and the 'Racketeering' Laws - Federal and State
Corporate Author: Commerce Clearinghouse, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 192
Sponsoring Agency: Commerce Clearinghouse, Inc
Chicago, IL 60646
Sale Source: Commerce Clearinghouse, Inc
4025 West Peterson Avenue
Chicago, IL 60646
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This volume explains the Federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) law, discusses State RICO laws, and provides texts of both. Court decisions are noted in both the Federal law explanation and the discussion of State laws.
Abstract: Enacted as part of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970, RICO provides a treble damage remedy for persons injured in business or property by broadly defined terms of conduct. Elements of a claim include (1) the commission of two or more acts (2) constituting a 'pattern' (3) of 'racketeering activity' through which (4) the culpable person (5) invests in, maintains an interest in, or participates in (6) an 'enterprise' (7) the activities of which constitute interstate commerce. Investment, acquisition of interests, participation in an enterprise, or conspiracy to do any of these are forbidden if underlying wrongs have been committed. Issues connected with the enterprise requirements include the law's application to legitimate and illegitimate enterprises. Issues related to the pattern of racketeering activity include the need for connection between the pattern and the enterprise. 'Collection of an unlawful debt' is encompassed by the law as a form of illegal conduct separate from a 'pattern of racketeering activity.' The U.S. Attorney General is authorized to bring civil RICO actions in Federal district courts; private persons injured by a RICO violation may sue. Remedies include treble damages, attorney's fees, and cost of suit. The 'culpable person' in a RICO suit may include any individual or entity capable of holding a legal or beneficial interest in property. However, a link between the person and the alleged enterprise and racketeering activity must be established. Violators of RICO's Sec. 1962 standards of unlawfulness are subject to Federal criminal prosecution. Many State laws parallel the Federal RICO law. A table of cases and a topical index are provided.
Index Term(s): Federal law violations; Organized crime; Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act; State laws
To cite this abstract, use the following link:
http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=97951

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.