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Rethinking Civil Rico: The Vexing Problem Of Causation In Fraud-Based Claims Under 18 U.S.C. § 1962(C), Randy D. Gordon Jun 2018

Rethinking Civil Rico: The Vexing Problem Of Causation In Fraud-Based Claims Under 18 U.S.C. § 1962(C), Randy D. Gordon

Randy D. Gordon

To recover in a private action, the three-part structure of RICO demands proof of particularized crimes at two levels and civil standing to sue for those crimes. The interpretation and application of the standing requirement — which arises from the statute’s mandate that compensable injuries be caused “by reason of” acts of racketeering — have bedeviled courts and litigants for decades. Recent developments in class action law have exacerbated the problem. As more and more courts have rendered it nearly impossible to certify classes asserting state-law claims, class plaintiffs have turned to uniform federal laws like RICO. But civil RICO …


Only One Kick At The Cat: A Contextual Rubric For Evaluating Res Judicata And Collateral Estoppel In International Commercial Arbitration, Randy D. Gordon Jun 2018

Only One Kick At The Cat: A Contextual Rubric For Evaluating Res Judicata And Collateral Estoppel In International Commercial Arbitration, Randy D. Gordon

Randy D. Gordon

Arbitration is the preferred method of resolving disputes arising out of international commercial transactions. It stands outside national legal systems because contracting parties agree in advance that they want neutral arbitrators — not local judges and juries — deciding who is at fault when a commercial relationship breaks down. But arbitration nevertheless butts up against litigation from time to time, often because one party attempts to arbitrate a matter that has been litigated to conclusion or vice versa. This article examines — through a contextual approach — questions of preclusion that thereby arise and ultimately suggests that res judicata and …


Reproduced With Permission From Bloomberg Law: Litigation Practice Portfolio Series, Portfolio 60: Removal. Copyright 2016 By The Bureau Of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) Http://Www.Bna.Com, Randy D. Gordon, Charles North Dec 2015

Reproduced With Permission From Bloomberg Law: Litigation Practice Portfolio Series, Portfolio 60: Removal. Copyright 2016 By The Bureau Of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) Http://Www.Bna.Com, Randy D. Gordon, Charles North

Randy D. Gordon

This monograph outlines and discusses the major contours of removal and remand in the federal court system.