Web Company Deploys RICO Act Against 'Patent Troll'

, The National Law Journal


An Internet company's racketeering case presents an unusual weapon against a so-called patent "troll."

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  • Darren McKinney, American Tort Reform Association, Washington, D.C.

    If my organization has anything to say about it, racketeering plaintiffs and their lawyers are going to face an increasing number of RICO suits in the coming years.
    CSX Transportation offered a model with its RICO win last December over Pittsburgh-based lawyers and a West Virginia radiologist who, jurors promptly concluded, had conspired to generate fraudulent asbestos claims. A FindTheBest.com win over Lumen will further broaden the appeal of RICO suits as a means for defendants to begin fighting back and draining the plaintiff bar's swamps of parasitic vermin. Go ahead and accuse me of a hate crime, Mr. Wasserbrauer. Make my day.

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