Commercial Litigation and Arbitration

The Court of Federal Claims Lacks Jurisdication over RICO Claims

Burmaster v. United States, 744 Fed.Appx. 699 (Fed. Cir. 2018):

Footnote 1.  Burmaster’s complaint also sought treble damages under the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations (“RICO”) Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1964(c). Suppl. J.A. at 2. The Claims Court held that it “lacks jurisdiction over any claims that may be cognizable under the RICO Act because jurisdiction over such claims ‘is conferred exclusively on the United States District Courts.’ ” Burmaster, 2018 WL 1417683, *2. Burmaster appears to challenge this on appeal. Reply Br. at 4–6. We agree with the Claims Court’s finding that it lacks jurisdiction over RICO claims. See § 1964(a) (“The district courts of the United States shall have jurisdiction to prevent and restrain violations of section 1962 of this chapter....”).

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