SPRENGER DEFEATS A RICO CLAIM IN THE NINTH CIRCUIT

Plaintiffs, a group of Orange County bail bondsmen, alleged that the Sheriff and the Sheriff’s Department used high-ranking gang members (“shot-callers”) to maintain order and facilitate the operation of the Orange County Jails. Plaintiffs alleged that as part of this scheme, the shot-callers were permitted to steer newly arrested inmates to certain bail companies in exchange for “kickback” incentives, which were then used to finance gang operations. Plaintiffs brought a lawsuit for violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”) seeking injunctive relief as well as millions of dollars in damages for lost business profits. LBAC successfully dismissed Plaintiffs’ case on a Motion for Summary Judgment. Thereafter, Plaintiffs appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals where Ms. Sprenger argued that the dismissal was proper. The Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal on June 13, 2012. Mehr v. County of Orange, 2012 WL 2129391 (9th Cir. 2012).