“Food Services Giant Tries Risky RICO Lawsuit”
Daily Business Review, April 13, 2011
Abbe Lowell, commenting on companies’ use of the federal RICO Act for civil litigation of issues previously handled under state commercial law, stated that the main attraction of such lawsuits is the higher potential damage awards and attorney fees available in federal court. Mr. Lowell said that because this strategy was “used and overused,” courts have generally moved to restrict it. “Where it has not gotten as pulled back,” he added, “is in the area of labor relations,” when companies file RICO claims over labor union organizing drives.