The United States District Court for the Western District of Washington dismissed the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) case on June 5, 2008. A French multinational corporation brought the RICO case against KYL’s Polish client in connection with a dispute over the ownership and control of the largest cell phone company in Poland. Vivendi S.A., the French plaintiff, also sued a number of German Deutsche Telekom entities, as well as T-Mobile U.S.A., claiming that all of the defendants colluded and conspired with one another to render valueless Vivendi’s $3 billion investment in the Polish company that was (allegedly controlled by KYL’s Polish client). In dismissing the case, the federal court agreed with KYL’s position that the matter should not have been filed in the U.S. and it held that “[t]his court is just the latest stop on Vivendi S.A.’s world-wide search to find a court to rule in its favor.”
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