Ohio Utility Can’t Dodge Claims Tied to Lawmaker Bribery Scandal

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that proposed energy surcharges included in Ohio legislation now tainted by the arrest of former House Speaker Larry Householder are a concrete injury that grants standing for residents to pursue racketeering claims against FirstEnergy Corporation.

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L.A. Corruption

A Southern California developer agreed to pay $1.2 Million to resolve a criminal probe into its relationship with ex-L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar, who was indicted on racketeering charges. The developer admitted it made $75,000 in pollical contributions in exchange for a reduction of the affordable housing requirement for one of its real estate projects.

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RICO

A federal RICO class action accuses the International Union United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers, and FCA fka Chrysler Group of “conspiring in a bribery scheme to defraud plaintiffs out of wages, benefits and seniority,” by providing by millions of dollars in prohibited payments and things of value to union officers in exchange for concessions and advantages in negotiations.

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RICO Phone Rates

A nationwide RICO class action in federal court claims that Global Tel*Link, Securus Technologies and 3CInteractive conspired “to fix inflated prices for calls between incarcerated individuals and their family members, friends, attorneys, and others, while also repeatedly lying to local governments and their own customers about the costs of those calls.”

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