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Racketeering Lawsuit Dismissed Against Coffee Co. From ‘Monk of Mokha’ Bestseller


A US District Court judge has dismissed claims that coffee company Port of Mokha and its founder, Mokhtar Alkhanshali — the subject of Dave Eggers’ nonfiction bestseller Monk of Mokha — engaged in racketeering and fraud. The civil lawsuit alleged that Alkhanshali, along with other defendants including Oakland-headquartered Blue Bottle Coffee, illegally pushed out Alkhanshali’s original business partners in Yemen, a group that included his uncle there.

But a judge for the Northern District of California determined that the court lacked jurisdiction in the matter, and the plaintiffs failed to demonstrate the pattern of racketeering required under their Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) lawsuit. Nevertheless, a lawyer for the plaintiffs says the case is ongoing — and reiterates allegations that his clients were cheated.

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