District Court Declines to Resolve Circuit Conflict as to the Extraterritorial Reach of RICO Because Alleged Crime is Domestic Under any Standard

The World in U.S. Courts: Spring 2015 - Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)

David v. Signal [II], U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, January 9, 2015

In one of a pair of opinions issued in this case, the U.S. District Court in New Orleans declines to select among two of the rules adopted by courts of appeals for determining whether RICO would apply extraterritorially. The case involved allegations that the defendants took actions inside and outside the U.S. to engage in human trafficking for the purpose of bringing persons from India into the U.S. The Court declined to address the test for extraterritoriality because it found the allegations of the complaint allege a U.S. domestic violation of law.

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