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While the word “racketeering” may conjure images of mobsters and gangsters, criminal organizations are not alone among those targeted for unlawful racketeering activities. The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) supports civil claims by private parties against individuals and entities engaged in fraudulent business dealings. Indeed, in recent years, businesses have used the RICO statute and its potent treble damages provision as another weapon in their fight against unfair competition and interference with their business affairs.

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