You are suing a bad guy or business who has harmed your client. Your lawsuit probably has counts for breach of contract, fraud and some type of business tort. You’ll claim actual and possibly punitive damages and perhaps attorney’s fees are permitted by contract, but otherwise they will not be available.

But bad actors don’t usually stop at a single victim. That’s where I come in. I’m Howard Foster and work with lawyers like you to sue bad guys and businesses under RICO, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, a powerful federal statute used against organized crime by the Department of Justice, and its civil provisions are used against legitimate businesses and people for money damages and injunctive relief. These civil provisions provide for treble (triple) damages and attorney’s fees. So a RICO claim can dramatically increase the damages in your case.

To see if I can help you recover substantial damages, ask these questions:

  1. Has the bad guy or business done the same thing to others in the past or threatens to do so in the future?
  2. Has the bad guy or business used the U.S. Mail or interstate wires (including email, text messaging and phone calls) to commit the bad acts?
  3. Has the bad guy operated through a business entity or if the defendant is a business, has it acted through a group of affiliated businesses or people?

RICO is more complicated than that, of course, but if you can answer yes to one or more of those questions, call me. Let’s collaborate in using RICO to beef up your lawsuit against the bad guy. Civil RICO claims can add a great deal of value to your lawsuit. I have been practicing RICO for over 20 years in courts across the country including appeals and in the U.S. Supreme Court.