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A diagram from the complaint in Doe v. Walmart, a federal RICO lawsuit filed against individuals associated with Corrective Education Co. and major retailers on April 9 in the Northern District of California.

SAN FRANCISCO — The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act is usually in the purview of federal prosecutors seeking to take down organized crime syndicates or drug cartels.

Ross Todd

Ross Todd is bureau chief of The Recorder in San Francisco. He writes about litigation in the Bay Area and around California. Contact Ross at rtodd@alm.com. On Twitter: @Ross_Todd.

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