Procter & Gamble Co. has upped the ante in its derivatives suit against Bankers Trust New York Corp., by filing a civil claim under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act of 1970.

If the RICO charge is allowed by Judge John Feikens of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio in Cincinnati, P&G could receive triple the $195 million it seeks in damages and claim reimbursement for its legal fees.

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