First of its Kind Dismissal of RICO Claims Attacking Cannabis Industry
Tonkon Torp secured a dismissal of civil RICO claims filed in federal court based on defendants’ involvement in an Oregon Medical Marijuana Program grow operation. At the time of this decision, four civil RICO cases had been filed in Oregon against nearly 300 businesses and individuals engaged in state-authorized cannabis activity. Another filed in 2017 was settled out of court. On August 17, 2018 Judge Michael McShane dismissed the RICO claims in the first of the four pending Oregon cases. The ruling was the first of its kind in the 9th Circuit and a legal precedent.