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Criminal Law Keyed to Abrams
H.J. Inc. v. Northwestern Bell Telephone Company
Citation:492 U.S. 229, 109 S.Ct. 2893, 106 L.Ed.2d 195 (1989)
H.J. Inc. (Plaintiff) filed a putative class action against Northwestern Bell (Defendant), seeking an injunction and damages under RICO‘s civil liability provisions. The plaintiffs’ complaint alleged that Northwestern Bell sought to influence members of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission through cash payments so that they would approve rates for the company in excess of a fair amount. The district court dismissed the complaint on the basis on that the plaintiffs had not alleged a “pattern” under RICO. The case was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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