Racketeering Lawsuit from Helga Glock v. Gaston Glock Dismissed in USA

Glock, with its commanding position in the US handgun market, is certainly a large juicy target for lawsuits. Indeed, it has been subjected to many and continues to fight others, but few would have expected that a RICO lawsuit against Glock would be filed by another Glock – Helga Glock, Gaston Glock’s ex-wife.

In a salacious filing, Helga asserted that Gaston was the mastermind behind numerous crimes including money laundering, fraud, tax evasion, and even hiding assets from the family. The latter was and is serious for Helga, who with their grown children, helmed the company during its critical growth and early years of success. Gaston divorced Helga, fired his own children, and has remarried his much younger nurse indicating that she will inherit the company upon his death.

Au Carumba.

Unfortunately for Helga, a US judge found that she did not have standing due to not suffering “injury” within the United States. While its possible that she may have standing in Austria where the company is headquartered, the suit in the US will not proceed forward. Also included in the opinion was the Judge’s comments that no evidence was offered of Gaston’s alleged illegal activities – just accusations “on information and belief.”

While the legal saga worthy of Jerry Springer is not yet concluded internationally, the dismissal will likely put the issue to rest within the United States until Helga can proffer evidence of injury and wrongdoing.





Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • M.M.D.C.

    From TFB in August 2015: “By using US law, Helga Glock has secured access to over 500,000 documents that were originally disclosed in their Austrian divorce and allows them to be used in her RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) lawsuit.”

    If, after sifting through 500,000 documents, she still doesn’t have the evidence she needs I don’t think she’s gonna find it.

    • Michelle & Randy Krieger

      Sounds like this was a procedural matter where evidence is largly irrelevant. The article says “standing” but it is more likely a question of the court’s jurisdiction if she did not suffer injury in the U.S. Evidence is not really needed for such a ruling except as to the question of injury in the U.S.

    • Mystick

      How does a private individual bring about a “lawsuit” under RICO? Isn’t that a criminal statute?

      • supergun

        That was what I was thinking.

    • Blake

      Yeah like Krieger said this really doesn’t have anything to do with how valid the case was, only that she didn’t suffer any injuries in this country. The access to the documents could still help her quite a bit in lawsuits in other countries.

  • Geoff Timm

    Moral of the story: Either don’t hire relatives, or insure the old man’s nurse IS a relative! Geoff Who thinks Glocks are overpriced, for what you get.

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      Couldn’t agree more (the first part, anyways). Don’t hire family or friends. It goes wrong much more often than it goes right.

  • Wolfgar

    I have seen this happen many times before. A man works to provide for his family and succeeds beyond his imagination only to loose it all including his family in the process. Insanity. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world but looses his soul. “Mathew 16:26.

    • M.M.D.C.
      • M.M.D.C.

        Cold comfort, judging from the exspressions.

      • Edeco

        Perhaps Mr Glock feels a strong sense of duty to the species

        • M.M.D.C.

          According to the news reports, Gaston’s sense of duty is to Gaston and the new Mrs Gaston’s is to the new Mrs Gaston.

          I’m not condoning what he did, BTW. I think Wolfgar’s quote is apt (if lacking in spelling and punctuation).

          • Some Rabbit

            Gaston is a scoundrel, his soul is as black and ugly as his trademark pistols. Just one more reason to spend your money on any other gun.

          • M.M.D.C.

            Well, I bought a Kahr, so maybe I shouldn’t comment. 😉

          • supergun

            Always wanted a Clock. Always. But those stinking Sigs, H&Ks, and CZs, and Smith & Wesson keep getting bought. How can I solve this problem?

      • supergun

        Guns are beautiful and deadly. Females are more beautiful and deadly.

  • Will

    “HELL hath no fury like a woman scorned…”

    • Stuki Moi

      …’xcept for ambulance chasers on the make….

  • idahoguy101

    This soap opera is still going on? Wow!

    • 22winmag

      It ended three weeks ago. TFB just came out of hiberation today.

  • 22winmag

    Three week old news… today?