Welcome! The Business Torts & Civil RICO Committee focuses on competition law -- both federal and state law -- other than the "traditional" antitrust statutes. In disputes involving business competition and anti-competitive practices, business torts (such as claims for unfair trade practices, interference with contractual relations, and fraud) and civil RICO claims are often used as adjuncts to, or in lieu of, antitrust claims. Likewise, as states strengthen their consumer protection statutes, actions under those statutes are another common means outside of the "traditional" antitrust area for litigants to press claims and police competition practices.
The Committee publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Business Torts & Civil RICO News, which discusses in depth issues of interest to practicing antitrust lawyers relating to the Committee's broad jurisdiction. Past editions have featured articles relating to indirect purchaser litigation, class action litigation, and developments in civil RICO law. Every issue of the newsletter includes a very useful chart of the most recent civil RICO decisions.
We are always on the lookout for articles and writers for our next edition. Please contact our newsletter editors Danielle Haugland (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Matthew Reynolds (email@example.com) or Committee Vice Chair Angelo Russo (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any ideas or are interested in writing.
Programs and Teleseminars
If you have any program ideas, please contact vice chair Steven Malech (email@example.com).
Website and Discussion List
Committee Website and Social Media Sites. We welcome volunteers to work on the Committee website, as well as our development of our online presence on social media sites. The Committee is currently on LinkedIn. Our community is growing every month and provides a great forum to network with fellow BTCR Committee members. You may join here: http://www.linkedin.com/groupRegistration?gid=3569221&csrfToken=ajax%3A6105320959963377656. Contact vice chair Daniel Schiffer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Committee YLR Irene Ayzenberg-Lyman(email@example.com) with any questions.
If you would like to volunteer or recommend content for the social media platforms or work on our website's development, contact Vice Chair Daniel Schiffer (firstname.lastname@example.org). We especially welcome young lawyers and law students to be involved with the Committee's social media presence.
Committee Discussion List. The Committee relies on its moderated Discussion List to distribute the Committee newsletter, information about Committee programs, and other news and information of interest to our members. If you are a member of the Committee, you are automatically signed-up for our discussion list. Please contact any committee member if you have something that you think would be useful to post for the Committee's membership.
Get the most out of your Section and Committee membership by joining in one or more of these volunteer efforts. We hope to hear from you.
The Committee is led by Chair F. Joseph Gormley (email@example.com)and Vice-Chairs Dan Schiffer, Angelo Russo, Steven Malech and Carole Handler and Young Lawyer Representative Irene Ayzenberg-Lyman. Please feel free to contact any of us if you have any suggestions for future Committee activities or wish to become active in the Committee.
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