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Chodorow in `Business Journal'

May 21, 2009

A recent article in the Phoenix Business Journal about a legal dispute between two car dealerships included comments from Professor Adam Chodorow of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.

In the article, "CarMax alleges DriveTime organized scheme against it," reporter Mike Sunnucks wrote that CarMax Auto Superstores Inc. accused DriveTime Car Sales Inc. of organizing a scheme to defraud the plaintiff's business and bribe its workers. That action violated the Racketeering Influenced & Corrupt Organizations Act, Sunnucks reported.

Chodorow said a civil RICO case allows plaintiffs to receive triple the usual damages in some instances and can pressure defendants to settle because such claims resonate with juries. "It's a common ploy used by plaintiffs," Chodorow said.

To read the full article, click here.

Janie Magruder,
(480) 727-9052
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law