For most people, the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act is associated with organized crime. This is not surprising since the control of crime was the original purpose of the statute. However, civil action may also be brought under the RICO act. Further, in California, civil RICO claims are increasingly being brought not just against organized crime, but against clearly legitimate businesses. If you are considering bringing a civil RICO claim, or if a RICO claim has been brought against your California business, you need to consult with an experienced San Jose business litigation attorney as soon as possible.