The New Direct Proximate Cause: How the U.S. Supreme Court Has Attempted to Limit Civil RICO in a Manner Congress Aimed to Protect


This comment explores a heavily litigated issue since civil RICO's enactment - its unclear statutory scope and private party standing. To illustrate this issue, this comment explores recent RICO litigation related to the unlawful hiring of undocumented workers as an example of a Congressionally supported application of civil RICO, but in a manner wholly unrelated to organized crime or the mafia. While the Supreme Court has continued to limit civil RICO's outer boundaries, Congress seems to go the complete opposite direction by expanding the statute.


Commercial Law | Criminal Law | Immigration Law | Labor and Employment Law | Legislation

Date of this Version

January 2007