Point Break Drops Federal Racketeering Suit Against Wildwood Officials

March 31, 2015 – In The News
Shore News Today

Alain Leibman was quoted in the Shore News Today article, “Point Break Drops Federal Racketeering Suit Against Wildwood Officials.” Full text can be found in the March 31, 2015, issue, but a synopsis is noted below.

This January, a concert and event promoter filed a federal lawsuit against Mayor Ernie Troiano and other Wildwood city officials. They claimed that the city breached their contract and accused them of racketeering under the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act. On March 31, it was confirmed that the charges were dropped by both lawyers.

Alain Leibman, who represented the defendant, stated that the case was dropped because of two actions his firm made. “We immediately wrote a letter saying it was a frivolous lawsuit,” Leibman said. “When they didn’t withdraw the suit, we filed a 35-page brief saying the RICO suit had no merit.” Leibman went on to state that the plaintiffs would be responsible for paying the attorney fees in the case that the judge ruled in favor of the defendant.

Despite the possibility of a future case, the defendants’ representative was not worried. “We considered it a complete surrender and the only thing he asked was if they could add claims to the state suit,” Leibman stated. “We wanted the dismissal of the RICO case. They surrendered and I thought we graciously accepted.”

The concert and event promotion company is still upset about what happened, but it was concluded that the case was frivolous and plainly money-seeking.