RJR Nabisco, Inc. v. The European Community
- Case Date: 8/31/2015
- Project Name: Civil Justice Reform
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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12/18/2015: Download the Brief
8/31/2015: Download the Brief