Atlanta Civil RICO Lawyers
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act is most well-known as the law that allows the federal government to pursue criminal charges against enterprises that violate the law. However, RICO also has a civil element, allowing private parties to sue for damages.
At Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer, LLP, our Georgia racketeering attorneys have the experience and resources to help businesses and investors bring civil RICO claims. If you have been victimized by a criminal scheme or organization, contact us today for a free case evaluation.
Pursuing Civil Lawsuits Against Criminal Organizations
Under RICO, if you have a business tort claim against an individual or business that belongs to an enterprise that has committed two or more of 35 specific crimes within a 10-year period, you may be entitled to treble damages. RICO may apply in cases such as the following:
- Investment schemes: If you have lost money or other assets in a Ponzi scheme, pyramid scheme or other investment scam, a RICO lawsuit may be your best opportunity to get compensation for the harm that has been done to you.
- Insider trading schemes: Insider trading may be considered racketeering in situations where multiple individuals or businesses have conspired to carry it out. If you have been harmed by an insider trading scheme, you may have a RICO claim.
- Criminal enterprises: If your business has been harmed by the activities of a criminal enterprise that has gained economic influence by engaging in bribery, extortion and other crimes, you may be entitled to bring a private claim under RICO.
Our attorneys have the knowledge and insight to carefully evaluate your claim. We will determine whether RICO applies to your case and advise you on your options. Don't hesitate to contact us to discuss your case with one of our experienced trial lawyers.