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Bridge v. Phoenix Bond & Indemnity Co.

Docket No.: 07-210
Certiorari Granted: 1/4/2008
Argued: April 14, 2008
Decided: June 9, 2008

Topics:

Fair Credit Reporting Act, RICO, Sherman Act, antitrust, willfulness

PartyNames: John Bridge, et al. v. Phoenix Bond & Indemnity Co., et al.
Petitioner: John Bridge, et al.
Respondent: Phoenix Bond & Indemnity Co., et al.

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Citation: 477 F3d 928
Supreme Court Docket

John Bridge, et al.
v.
Phoenix Bond & Indemnity Co., et al.
553 U.S. 639 (2008)
Consideration Limited:

LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTION: "WHETHER RELIANCE IS A REQUIRED ELEMENT OF A RICO CLAIM PREDICATED ON MAIL FRAUD AND, IF IT IS, WHETHER THAT RELIANCE MUST BE BY THE PLAINTIFF." EXPEDITED BRIEFING SCHEDULE

Question Presented:

Whether a plaintiff asserting a civil RICO claim predicated on acts of mail fraud must plead and prove reliance on alleged misrepresentations by the defendant?

Question:

May individuals and companies bring RICO lawsuits against defendants whose false statements directly harmed them, even if the defendants made these statements to a neutral third party?

Bridge v. Phoenix Bond & Indemnity Co.
ORAL ARGUMENT

April 14, 2008

Holding: AFFIRMED
Vote: 9-0
Majority: unanimous
Opinion By:
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