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RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations)

Passed by Congress 1970, the RICO Act enables persons financially injured by a pattern of criminal activity to seek redress through state or federal courts. Civil RICO claims must be based on a criminal violation or, an “act of racketeering.” Sect. 1961(1).  Only prosecutors, not private parties, can bring a criminal RICO claim.

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About Janet Sparks

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Janet Sparks is the former publisher of the Continental Franchise Review, an industry newsletter that covered the franchise community for over 30 years. She has also been a columnist for a leading franchise magazine for the past 13 years. Today she is an independent journalist who engages in investigative reporting, tackling complex issues that impact the franchise industry.

Janet can be reached at or at 303-799-7398.