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Client Recovers $20M in Multinational RICO Case

Key Facts

  • Complex civil RICO suit against 34 defendants, more than half foreign
  • Defeated over 30 motions to dismiss RICO complaint
  • Three-year litigation marking the culmination of a nine-year dispute
  • Successfully obtained favorable settlement of case on first day of trial

The Situation

In 2013, we initiated a complex civil RICO suit on behalf of our client, Tatung Company, a multinational manufacturer of digital consumer products. There were 34 foreign and domestic defendants in an effort to recover damages caused by the alleged operation of a multinational RICO enterprise.

The Approach

The case involved years of extensive litigation including dozens of foreign and domestic depositions, hundreds of motions, the appointment of two special masters, and a long-term strategy that successfully leveraged the expansive jurisdictional reach of US District Courts to empower a global investigation. Throughout the case, Mintz's national team — comprised of attorneys from five offices across the country — defeated dozens of motions to dismiss and extensive summary judgment challenges, and positioned the case for a compelling trial victory.

The Outcome

As trial commenced, we obtained a significant eight-figure settlement of the suit, in addition to millions recovered from related federal bankruptcy court litigation. The client ultimately obtained a settlement totaling approximately $20 million. This outcome was particularly impressive given that civil plaintiffs are very unlikely to prevail in RICO cases.

Supporting Professionals

Dan Pascucci, a Member of the firm’s Litigation practice, and Joe Dunn, a Member of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Restructuring practice, led a national team of Mintz attorneys who helped our client achieve this monumental victory.