Rotella v. Wood

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Rotella v. Wood, 528 U.S. 549 (2000), is a U.S. Supreme Court decision that limited applying a strict view of the 4-year statute of limitations in civil RICO lawsuits. The Court rejected the "injury and pattern discovery" rule but expressly left for another day whether a second predicate act after an injury will bar application of the statute of limitations.

The outcome was that a 1997 civil RICO action could not proceed based on alleged acts that took place in 1986.