Legal Memorandum: Statute of Limitations for a RICO Claim

Issue: In Indiana, what is the statute of limitations for bringing a RICO Claim?

Area of Law: Criminal Law, Litigation & Procedure
Keywords: RICO action; Statute of limitations
Jurisdiction: Indiana
Cited Cases: None
Cited Statutes: 18 U.S.C. §1961, et seq.; I.C. § 34-1-2-2
Date: 02/01/2000

            A “RICO action” is based on 18 U.S.C. §1961, et seq.

Civil RICO claims brought in federal courts sitting in Indiana are now uniformly characterized as claims for statutory penalties and the two (2) year statute of limitations ‘for forfeiture of penalty given by statute’ is the most analogous state statute of limitations.  I.C. § 34-1-2-2.

 Ashland Oil, Inc. v. Arnett 656 F.Supp. 950, 953 (N.D. Ind., 1987).


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