Alcoa asks judge to toss civil racketeering suit

Aluminum company says claims aren’t supported by law or fact

Alcoa asked a federal judge last week to throw out a civil racketeering lawsuit that accuses the aluminum-maker of paying bribes to foreign officials to win business.

The case dates back to 2008, when Aluminum Bahrain (Alba)—a state-owned aluminum company in Bahrain—filed suit against Alcoa, claiming the U.S.-based aluminum maker conspired to overcharge Alba for alumina, a substance used to make aluminum. That case, which was reopened last year, accuses Alcoa of paying millions of dollars in bribes to officials at Alba in return for inflated contracts. Alba is seeking $1 billion in damages and claims that Alcoa received $400 million in illegal profits during the scheme. 


Cathleen Flahardy

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