European Community v. RJR Nabisco, Inc.

This case involves a claim against RJR Nabisco that the company directed and managed a global smuggling and money-laundering scheme with organized crime groups in violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) law. The court upheld an earlier decision finding that the RICO law could apply to actions that happen outside of the United States when the underlying laws that constitute racketeering explicitly apply to foreign activity. 


European Cmty. v. RJR Nabisco, Inc. (2nd Cir., 2015).

  • United States
  • Apr 13, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit


Plaintiff European Community, acting on its own behalf and on behalf of the Member States it has power to represent, Kingdom of Belgium, Republic of Finland, French Republic, Hellenic Republic, Federal Republic of Germany, Italian Republic, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Portugese Republic, Kingdom of Spain, Individually, Kingdom of Denmark, Czech Republic, Republic of Lithuania, Republic of Slovenia, Republic of Malta, Republic of Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Republic of Estonia,


  • Nabisco Group Holdings Corp.
  • R.J. Reynolds Global Products, Inc.
  • R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
  • R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, a North Carolina Corporation
  • R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings, Inc.
  • R.J. Reynolds Tobacco International, Inc.
  • Reynolds American Inc.
  • RJR Acquisition Corp., f/k/a Nabisco Group Holdings Corp.
  • RJR Nabisco Holdings Corp.
  • RJR Nabsico, Inc.

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