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United States First Circuit

Home Orthopedics Corp. v. Rodriguez, 12-2387

Plaintiff medical equipment supplier brought suit under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) against defendants for their alleged involvement in a scheme to defraud plaintiff and to jeopardize numerous contracts that plaintiff had with clients. Judgment of dismissal for failure to state a claim is affirmed, where: 1) defendants sought to accomplish a specific, narrow mission stemming from a single, discernible event; 2) RICO liability cannot attach under a theory of a closed pattern of racketeering; 3) plaintiff has not sufficiently alleged a "pattern of racketeering activity" necessary to sustain its RICO claim, as here, at most what has been alleged is a business deal gone sour; and 4) the district court did not abuse its discretion in denying plaintiff’s motion to amend their complaint.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 03/25/2015
  • Published 03/25/2015


  • Thompson


  • United States First Circuit


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