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Secured $82 Million Judgment on Behalf of Four Highest-Grossing IL Casinos in Federal RICO Jury Trial

The civil racketeering suit accused an Illinois racetrack owner of conspiring to bribe then Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to sign legislation in 2008 that transferred 3 percent of the gross revenues of Illinois’ four highest-grossing casinos to the state’s horse racing tracks. After a little over two hours of deliberations, a federal jury found in favor of Loeb & Loeb’s clients, returning an $82 million verdict against the track owner and two tracks for damages stemming from this portion of the corruption scandal that toppled and jailed former Gov. Blagojevich. Our win on behalf of our client casinos ranked as the 24th largest verdict in the country in 2014, according to the National Law Journal, and the No. 1 verdict in Illinois.