Quimbee logo
DMCA.com Protection Status
From our private database of 18,800+ case briefs...

Sedima, S.P.R.L. v. Imrex Company, Inc.

United States Supreme Court
473 U.S. 479 (1985)


Sedima, S.P.R.L. (plaintiff) was a Belgian corporation that entered into a joint venture with Imrex Company, Inc. (defendant) to sell electronic components. Sedima came to believe that Imrex was cheating Sedima out of proceeds through fraud. Sedima filed suit against Imrex with claims of unjust enrichment, conversion, and breach of contract, fiduciary duty, and a constructive trust. Sedima also filed three counts under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act civil-suit provisions based on alleged mail and wire fraud. The district court dismissed the RICO counts for failure to state a claim. Sedima appealed, and the court of appeals affirmed the lower court ruling, holding that the civil provisions of the RICO statute could only be applied against defendants who had been convicted of criminal charges, and if the alleged injury arose from racketeering activity. The Supreme Court granted Sedima’s petition for writ of certiorari.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (White, J.)

Dissent (Powell, J.)

What to do next…

  1. 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 498,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. 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. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 498,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 18,800 briefs, keyed to 985 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.

Questions & Answers

What are the Defendants's right in a RICO case? Who should have the burden of proof in a RICO case?

Can a Plaintiff use the 4th Amendment in a RICO case?

Want to see this answer?

Sign up for a free 7-day trial and get access to all answers in our Q&A database

Sign up for a FREE 7-day trial

Tempor minim nulla id mollit ullamco consequat aliquip adipisicing irure officia tempor. Magna sit eiusmod laborum proident laboris ex sunt. Non labore ex officia irure qui et laboris aliqua in minim. Labore velit aliqua proident officia cillum occaecat dolore tempor. Ullamco in consequat labore amet laborum proident reprehenderit anim cillum excepteur. Elit do nostrud nisi excepteur sit dolor pariatur fugiat. Nisi incididunt incididunt do est velit excepteur enim excepteur incididunt mollit pariatur. Irure tempor non in esse do. Laboris eiusmod in ad ut enim est duis ad sint veniam eiusmod. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt.