Racketeering case against Alcoa will move forward

Suit accuses aluminum company of paying bribes in Bahrain

A federal judge has ruled that the racketeering case against Alcoa may move forward—despite the aluminum maker’s bid in January to dismiss the suit, saying the claims against it aren’t supported by law or fact.

The case dates back to 2008, when Aluminum Bahrain (Alba)—a state-owned aluminum company in Bahrain—filed suit against Alcoa, claiming Alcoa 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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