General News

Chicago attorneys Patrick Collins and Joel Levin won a major victory for the State of Indiana in a civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) lawsuit. On March 11, federal district court Judge James Moody issued a lengthy opinion ordering former East Chicago Mayor Robert Pastrick  and his former aides to pay more than $108 million in damages for their role in a wide-ranging corruption scheme. The opinion follows a June 2009 damages hearing conducted by Collins and Levin in which they asked Judge Moody to impose the $108 million damages award based on Judge Moody's previous determination that Pastrick and others operated the city government as a corrupt enterprise under federal and state racketeering laws.