The Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit brought by Mexico’s national oil company, Petróleos Mexicanos, and its subsidiary Pemex-Refinanción (collectively “PEMEX”) against Siemens and SK Engineering & Construction Company, Ltd. Petroleos Mexicanos v. SK Eng’g & Constr. Co., No. 13-3175-cv (2d Cir. July 16, 2014).  The suit alleged that the defendants violated RICO by bribing PEMEX officials.  The court observed that the extraterritorial application of RICO is “coextensive with the extraterritorial application of the relevant predicate statutes.”  PEMEX relied on the wire fraud statute to plead predicate acts, even though the court previously had held that the wire fraud statute cannot serve as such a predicate.  The Second Circuit also concluded that the domestic activity alleged (that the financing was obtained in the United States, that the invoices were sent to a bank in the United States for payment, and that the bank issued payment from the United States) was “simply insufficient to sustain RICO jurisdiction.”  All of the activities in the alleged scheme, the court observed, took placed outside the United States.