We have superb experience handling cases that arise under the amorphously worded RICO Act. RICO stands for “Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations,” and the RICO Act as originally conceived by Congress was intended to ensnare all gangsters and the various companies and entities that they used to launder proceeds from their gangster activities. The RICO Act was therefore cast in very broad, open-ended but also incomprehensible language. Over time, many litigants learned to use this broadly worded statute in order to bring claims against all manner of businesses and people, many of whom never participated in any activity that even remotely resembled “gangster activity” even under the broadest possible definition of the term. The federal courts therefore devised a series of ever more restrictive doctrines to try to discourage these kinds of claims, but along the way they sometimes struggled to reconcile their doctrines with the express language and intended purpose of the RICO Act. It is now a very complex area of law in which we can capably analyze claims, bring claims on behalf of RICO victims, and provide sterling defenses of claims brought under the Act.
Dorn Bishop used to be a prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California, and he tried many cases to juries and never lost a single one. He also has extensive experience litigating RICO matters on behalf of defendants during his long, successful career in private practice. William Markham also has substantial experience litigating RICO matters and can provide first-rate guidance and advocacy to plaintiffs and defendants in these complicated, difficult cases that arise under the RICO statutes.
Our Ability to Accept Large Cases
Several times we have been opposed by teams of highly capable attorneys fielded by leading global law firms. In any such matter, or whenever the need arises, we can quickly assemble our own team of first-rate professionals who have worked with us successfully on prior occasion, and we can also procure essential litigation services from reliable outside service-providers, so that we are never outmatched or overwhelmed even by the largest or most pro-active global firm. We think that our work in these matters has reflected favorably on us, and we have obtained successful results for our clients in exceedingly difficult, sprawling, and complex antitrust controversies. All the while, we are able to maintain our reasonable billing arrangements because of the manner in which our practice is structured and our lean fixed costs.
Our Articles on Antitrust Law
Mr. Markham has given lectures on antitrust law for other attorneys (MCLE classes) and written extensively about antitrust law. Mr. Markham also provides occasional commentary in his blog about antitrust issues that make the news. Below you will find links to three articles on antitrust law written by Mr. Markham that have become reference sources for other attorneys and the general public:
Senator Klobuchar’s Bill Really Might Become Law. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) has proposed a landmark antitrust bill, entitled the “Competition and Antitrust Law Enforcement Reform Act,” which after negotiation and modification might well receive bipartisan...
The Qualcomm Case Isn’t Even a Close Call: Qualcomm Blatantly Misused Its Standard-Essential Patents in Violation of Antitrust Law (By William Markham, © 2020)
The Extraordinary Qualcomm Case. The defining antitrust issues of our time are at stake in the landmark case of Fed Trade Comm'n v. Qualcomm Inc., (N.D. Cal. 2017, Case No. 17-CV-00220-LH) ("Qualcomm"). Qualcomm specifically concerns standard-essential patents and...
The DOJ’s Investigation of the Auto Producers’ Draft Agreement with California: It Is Misguided and Likely an Abuse of Power. By William Markham
The United States Department of Justice has reportedly begun an antitrust investigation of four major automakers for possible unlawful collusion in violation of United States antitrust law. The cause of this investigation? The automakers tentatively agreed with the...