Professors Bravo and Huffman Sign Amicus Brief in British American Tobacco Case
Professor Karen E. Bravo and Professor Max Huffman of Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis both signed a professors’ amicus brief filed March 24 in the Supreme Court in relation to BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO (INVESTMENTS ) LIMITED v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA , et al ., with Professor Huffman serving as counsel of record on the brief. They join other professors in urging the Supreme Court to grant the petition for a writ of certiorari to review a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. That court held that an effect felt in the United States is, in and of itself, sufficient to apply the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act of 1970 to conduct that takes place overseas. According to Professor Huffman, “the brief stresses the far-reaching ramifications of applying RICO extraterritorially without considering international comity ramifications or even Congress’s intent to reach overseas conduct in RICO. The D.C. Circuit has long been an outlier in the extraterritoriality arena, and this decision is in conflict with approaches to extraterritoriality followed by other courts, including the Supreme Court.” Read the amicus brief.