JUDGE DISMISSES RACKETEERING, FRAUD CLAIMS AGAINST JACKSON HEWITTChicago — A federal judge has dismissed major parts of a class-action lawsuit brought against tax prep chain Jackson Hewitt and a large group of its franchisees.

U.S. District Court Judge Ruben Castillo threw out civil racketeering and fraud claims against Jackson Hewitt, former franchisee Farrukh Sohail, a group of unnamed Jackson Hewitt franchisees, and Sohail’s Smart Tax and Ask Tax businesses, which also operated Jackson Hewitt franchises.

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