Ariel A. Neuman Authors Daily Journal Article on the Civil RICO Statute

Ariel A. Neuman Authors Daily Journal Article on the Civil RICO Statute

Bird Marella Of Counsel Ariel A. Neuman, authored the article “Ruling in Chevron’s Ecuador Case Inspires a RICO Refresher” in the California Daily Journal, highlighting Chevron’s recent victory in a civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (“RICO”) suit. Mr. Neuman explained that the case, in which a U.S. District Judge found that an “enterprise” made up of lawyers, activists and consultants engaged in a pattern of criminal activity in order to obtain a $9.5 billion dollar judgment against Chevron in Ecuador, demonstrates that RICO can be used not only from the usual offensive posture, but also from a defensive posture.

Mr. Neuman pointed out that Chevron’s victory proves you should not wait for the government to investigate crimes but instead, should consider taking charge in a “do-it-yourself” criminal prosecution via the civil RICO statute. Furthermore, Mr. Neuman discussed various fundamentals of a civil RICO claim, such as the statute’s enterprise and pattern requirements and the applicable statute of limitations, and explained how a civil practitioner can take on the role of prosecutor by bringing such claims.