H.R.5445 - A bill to amend chapter 96 of title 18, United States Code.99th Congress (1985-1986)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Boucher, Rick [D-VA-9] (Introduced 08/15/1986)|
|Committees:||House - Judiciary | Senate - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 10/09/1986 Received in the Senate and read twice and referred to the Committee on Judiciary. (All Actions)|
|Roll Call Votes:||There has been 1 roll call vote|
This bill has the status Passed House
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Summary: H.R.5445 — 99th Congress (1985-1986)All Information (Except Text)
(Measure passed House, amended)
Passed House amended (10/07/1986)
Amends the Federal criminal code to change the name of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statute to Pattern of Illicit Activity.
Revises the civil action requirements for persons aggrieved by RICO violations. Permits governments as well as persons to bring such an action. Provides for the recovery of treble damages: (1) where a government entity has been injured as a result of such violations; or (2) in the case of any person, if a criminal conviction of the defendant is obtained. Allows a person aggrieved by a RICO violation to recover punitive damages under certain circumstances.
Requires the court to award a prevailing plaintiff a reasonable attorney's fee.
Sets a statute of limitations for such actions of: (1) three years after the cause of action accrues; (2) three years after the conduct causing injury terminates; or (3) two years after the date of the criminal conviction (required for a treble damage cause of action).