D.C. Federal Court Rejects RICO Claim Over "Hate Group" Label

September 1, 2019

Reprinted with permission from MLRC MediaLawLetter, September 2019

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has tossed out a civil RICO lawsuit brought by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) against a senior official at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and its former President arising out of the SPLC's labeling CIS a "hate group." Granting defendants' motion to dismiss, Judge Amy Berman Jackson chided CIS for trying "to shoehorn a defamation claim into the RICO framework" and found that CIS’s "complaint is devoid of any allegation that defendants made a statement that was false." Read More

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