From our private database of 30,900+ case briefs...
HJ Inc. v. Northwestern Bell Telephone Co.
United States Supreme Court
492 U.S. 229, 109 S.Ct. 2893, 106 L.Ed.2d 195 (1989)
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) set the rates that telephone companies could charge to the public. Northwestern Bell Telephone Company (Northwestern Bell) and some of its officers and employees (defendants) were charged with bribing members of the MPUC to approve unreasonably high rates for Northwestern Bell and, in doing so, engaging in a pattern of racketeering activity prohibited by § 1962(c) of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. The complaint alleged that the bribes occurred numerous times over a six-year period. The District Court for the District of Minnesota dismissed the complaint for failure to plead a pattern of racketeering activity. The Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed. Certiorari was granted.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Brennan, J.)
Concurrence (Scalia, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 551,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee
Here's why 551,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 30,900 briefs, keyed to 984 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.