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   RELIGIOUS TECHNOLOGY CENTER and Church of Scientology International, Inc.,
                     Larry WOLLERSHEIM, et al., Defendants,
   Church of the New Civilization, Harvey Haber, Dede Reisdorf, Jon Zegel and
                       David Mayo, Defendants-Appellants.
                                  No. 85-6547.
                         United States Court of Appeals,
                                 Ninth Circuit.
                       Argued and Submitted March 5, 1986.
                              Decided Aug. 8, 1986.
  Church brought RICO action seeking injunction to prevent a new splinter church
 from disseminating to its adherents certain scriptural materials allegedly
 stolen from it.  The United States District Court for the Central District of
 California, Mariana R. Pfaelzer, J., granted church a preliminary injunction
 ordering new church to desist from using or disseminating the disputed
 materials.  On appeal, the Court of Appeals, Pregerson, Circuit Judge, held
 that:  (1) injunctive relief is not available to private plaintiff in civil
 RICO suit, and (2) confidential scriptural materials allegedly stolen from
 church were not "trade secrets" as defined by California statute.

 Injunctive relief may not be granted to a private plaintiff in a civil
 Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit.  18 U.S.C.A. s

 States may regulate trade secrets only to extent that state law does not
 conflict with federal copyright and patent laws.

 Confidential scriptural materials allegedly stolen from church and offered to
 new splinter church's adherents were not "trade secrets" as defined by
 California statute, since their value was spiritual and not commercial.
 West's Ann.Cal.Civ.Code s 3426.1(d).
 See publication Words and Phrases for other judicial constructions and
  *1077 Joseph Yanny, Herzig & Yanny, Beverly Hills, Cal., Earle C. Cooley,
 Cooley, Manion, Moore & Jones, P.C., Boston, Mass., for plaintiffs-appellees.
  Michael J. Treman, Santa Barbara, Cal., Richard C. Brautigam, McCutchen,
 Doyle, Brown & Enersen, San Francisco, Cal., for defendants-appellants.
  An Appeal from the United States District Court for the Central District of

  Before PREGERSON, POOLE and THOMPSON, Circuit Judges.

  PREGERSON, Circuit Judge.
  The Church of the New Civilization ("new church") is a splinter from the
 Church of Scientology ("Church").  The Church alleged that certain scriptural
 materials offered by the new church were copies of materials stolen from the
 Church.  Recognizing federal jurisdiction under the Racketeer Influenced and
 Corrupt Organization Act ("RICO"), the district court held that the Church's
 materials constituted a trade secret and granted the Church a preliminary
 injunction ordering the new church to desist from using or disseminating the
 disputed materials.
  We reverse the district court's order granting a preliminary injunction.
 Pursuant to this court's order, the district court advised that it issued its
 preliminary injunction "on both the plaintiffs' 18 U.S.C. ss 1861-1968
 [1961-1968] ("RICO") claim and on plaintiffs' state law trade secrets claim."
 We resolve the appeal, therefore, under both these theories.  We hold that
 injunctive relief is not available to a private plaintiff in a civil RICO
 action.  Additionally, we hold that the California courts would conclude that
 sacred scriptures do not meet the definition of a trade secret under California
  The Church of Scientology teaches that a person's behavior and well-being are
 improved by removing "engrams" from the unconscious mind.  Engrams are
 impressions recorded by the unconscious mind in times of trauma in this life or
 in previous lives.  Engrams return in moments of similar stress to the
 detriment of the person's behavior.  Removing engrams from the unconscious
 permits the person's analytical mind to function unhindered.
  Engrams are located and purged through "auditing."  Auditing uses the
 "technology" and "advanced technology" of the Church.  An "auditor" directs a
 set of structured questions and drills ("rundowns") at the Church adherent.
 The adherent's responses are measured on a "Hubbard E-meter" which reflects
 changes in "skin voltage."  The auditor's aim is to detect the "buttons" which
 indicate a conscious or subconscious response to the rundown and enable the
 adherent to identify his or her engrams.  The adherent must proceed through a
 series of increasingly sophisticated technologies of closely structured
 questions and answers to reach "a higher spiritual existence."
  The Church asserts that the unsupervised, premature exposure of an adherent to
 these materials will produce a spiritually harmful effect. [FN1]  The Church
 keeps the *1078 higher level materials in secure places, and makes the
 materials available only to adherents who agree in writing to maintain their
 confidentiality.  The Church stated to the district court that it does "not
 safeguard these materials from any commercial consideration."

      FN1. The new church, which follows essentially identical religious
     precepts and practices to those of the Church, does not dispute this

  Defendant David Mayo was apparently at one time a close associate of Church
 founder L. Ron Hubbard, and assisted in the preparation of the Church's higher
 level materials. [FN2]  Following an acrimonious dispute between Mayo and other
 senior Church officers, Mayo left the Church and, in July 1983, established the
 Church of the New Civilization.  The new church embraces beliefs and provides
 counseling and training to its adherents which are essentially identical to
 those offered by the Church.

      FN2. The new church asserts that Mayo authored the disputed higher level
     materials.  The Church vigorously disputes this, maintaining that Hubbard
     created all Church materials.
     Hubbard apparently assigned the materials, together with other materials
     forming the technology and advanced technology of "Scientology" and
     "Dianetics," to the Religious Technology Center.  See Church of Scientology
     International v. The Elmira Mission of the Church of Scientology, 794 F.2d
     38, 45 (2d Cir.1986) (Hubbard validly assigned his rights in all
     Scientology materials to Religious Technology Center).  Hubbard apparently
     intended the Center to be the "trustee of the scriptures" of Scientology.
     The Center makes available the higher level materials of the advanced
     technology to Church offices around the world in the form of "packs."
     Apparently the advanced technology packs at issue here are only available
     at six Church offices in the world.
     Many lower level materials are copyrighted, and these copyrights apparently
     passed to the Religious Technology Center in Hubbard's will.  The
     trademarks "Dianetics" and "Scientology" are now similarly held by the
     Center.  The higher level materials at issue in this suit have neither
     copyright nor trademark protection.

  In December 1983, Robin Scott, and two others (all of whom are unrelated to
 this action) stole certain higher level materials from Church offices in
 Copenhagen, Denmark.  Danish authorities subsequently convicted Scott of
 burglary.  While the stolen materials were returned, the Church maintains that
 copies were made and that the new church later acquired these copies.  The
 district court found that the higher level materials offered to its adherents
 by the new church are "essentially identical" to the stolen Church materials.

      FN3. The new church states that it began using its higher level materials
     in August 1983, before the Scott theft.  It claims that Mayo, as the
     principal original author of the Church's materials, wrote the new church's
     materials from memory.  It also asserts that the new church's materials
     differ from the Church's materials because they reflect "improvements"
     recently added by Mayo.  The district court rejected Mayo's testimony as
     not credible.  "The court does not believe that anyone, even Mr. Mayo,
     could have reproduced from memory materials substantially identical to
     those stolen in Denmark from the church.  The documents are too voluminous,
     too detailed and too nearly identical in substance and wording to have been
     created by Mr. Mayo without reference to the stolen documents."
     The new church asserts that there is no evidence to link the new church to
     the Scott theft.  The Church offered evidence to the district court of
     international phone calls by new church members around the time of the
     theft, and produced a handwritten memorandum in which defendant Harvey
     Haber, then a new church officer, referred to a conversation with a person
     alleged to be Ron Lawley, a colleague of Scott.  The memo then records what
     appears to be a continuing series of negotiations involving an offer and
     counteroffer.  The memo does not refer to any agreement between the
     negotiating parties.  The Church's complaint alleges that the new church
     obtained the materials from Scott's colleagues in February 1984.
     Because we dissolve the injunction on jurisdictional grounds, we express no
     view whether the new church's materials are copies of the Church materials
     stolen by Scott.

  The present suit was filed on November 4, 1985.  The Church states that, in
 late October 1985, it learned that the new church intended to disseminate the
 contents of the materials stolen by Scott "in a non-confidential setting."
 Counsel for defendant Larry Wollersheim, a former Church adherent who has a
 pending California state tort action against the Church, had obtained copies of
 the higher level materials during the deposition of defendants Margaret Singer
 and Richard Ofshe.  Singer *1079 had obtained the materials from defendant
 Leta Schlosser.  Schlosser testified that she had received the materials from
 an adherent of the new church.  On November 1, 1985, the Los Angeles Superior
 Court hearing Wollersheim's suit against the Church refused a Church request to
 seal its records including the Church's higher level materials.  Three days
 later, the Church brought this suit in federal court against the new church,
 its principal officers, Wollersheim, his counsel, and those allegedly involved
 in passing the materials to Wollersheim's counsel.  The suit based jurisdiction
 on the RICO claim and stated six pendent California state law claims including
 misappropriation of trade secrets.
  The district court first granted a temporary restraining order preventing the
 state court plaintiff and the new church from disclosing the confidential
 materials.  The court then conducted an evidentiary hearing lasting two days,
 and, on November 23, 1985, granted the Church the preliminary injunction that
 prompted this appeal.
  The injunction prohibited the new church, its officers "and those persons in
 active concert or participation with them or who are acting at their request or
 insistence ... from using, distributing, exhibiting or in any way publicly
 revealing" any version of certain enumerated higher level Church materials.
 The enjoined parties were required to return all such material in their
 possession to the court under seal.  The court also required the Church to post
 a bond of $100,000.
  In supplementary findings of fact, the district court stated that it "views
 this as a stolen document case."  The court recognized that both parties
 accepted that adherents must be exposed to the materials in strict
 progression.  On this basis, the court concluded that Church adherents may
 suffer irreparable harm from the unsupervised dissemination of the materials,
 thus justifying preliminary injunctive relief.  In additional comments from the
 bench, the district court held the materials to constitute a misappropriated
 trade secret but noted that the Church was not arguing commercial disadvantage
 as an injury.  The court also recognized its jurisdiction under RICO "based on
 the idea that the documents were stolen and that they found their way into
 their present use."
  The new church filed a timely appeal.  We denied the new church a stay pending
 appeal, but heard the appeal on an expedited schedule.  We have jurisdiction
 under 28 U.S.C. s 1292(a)(1).
                               STANDARD OF REVIEW
  Determining whether a private remedy should be afforded for violation of
 duties mandated by a statute that does not expressly create a suitable private
 remedy causes the concepts of "standing," "subject matter jurisdiction," and
 "implication of a private cause of action" to "overlap ... even more than they
 ordinarily would."  National Railroad Passenger Corp. v. National
 Association of Railroad Passengers, 414 U.S. 453, 455-56, 94 S.Ct. 690, 691-92,
 38 L.Ed.2d 646 (1974).  The issue is best described as falling within the
 generic problem of "federal jurisdiction" without attempting to characterize it
 with greater specificity.  See generally 13 C. Wright, A. Miller, and E.
 Cooper, Federal Practice and Procedure s 3531.6 at 494-506 (2d ed. 1984).  We
 are obligated to raise a jurisdictional issue sua sponte as a threshold
 question before considering a matter on its merits.  See Solano v. Beilby,
 761 F.2d 1369, 1370 (9th Cir.1985);  Othman v. Globe Indemnity Co., 759 F.2d
 1458, 1462-63 (9th Cir.1985).  Interpretation of the statute under which an
 injunction has been issued is a question of law, which we review de novo.
 California ex rel. Van de Kamp v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, 766 F.2d
 1308, 1312 (9th Cir.1985).  We review matters of state law de novo.  In re
 McLinn, 739 F.2d 1395, 1403 (9th Cir.1984) (en banc).
  *1080 I. Is Injunctive Relief Available to a Private Party in a Civil RICO
  The Church's basis for federal jurisdiction is 18 U.S.C. s 1964 ("civil
 RICO"). [FN4]  Civil RICO permits both the government and private plaintiffs to
 sue for violations of substantive provisions of the Racketeer Influenced and
 Corrupt Organizations Act, which formed Title IX of the Organized Crime Control
 Act of 1970, Pub.L. 91-452, 84 Stat. 941 (1970), as amended, codified as 18
 U.S.C. ss 1961-1968.  Neither party questioned before the district court,
 nor in briefs before this court, whether injunctive relief is available under
 civil RICO.  We ordered the parties to submit supplemental briefs on this

      FN4. The Church's complaint alleges federal jurisdiction under RICO, 18
     U.S.C. s 1964.  The complaint also alleges jurisdiction under 28
     U.S.C. ss 1332 and 1339, covering diversity, patent, trademark, and
     copyright matters, and pendent jurisdiction over several state claims.  The
     parties are not diverse, both being California corporations.  The complaint
     makes no substantive allegations of patent, copyright, or trademark
     infringement.  Thus, RICO provides the only basis for federal court
     jurisdiction over the Church's complaint.

  Civil RICO is directed at "racketeering activity," which it defines as any
 act "chargeable" under several generically described state criminal laws;  any
 act "indictable" under numerous specific federal criminal provisions, including
 mail and wire fraud;  and any "offense" involving narcotics or bankruptcy or
 securities fraud "punishable" under federal law.  18 U.S.C. s 1961(1).
 Civil RICO prohibits the use of income derived from a "pattern of racketeering
 activity" in relation to an "enterprise" engaged in or affecting interstate
 commerce.  18 U.S.C. s 1962(a).  A "pattern" of racketeering activity
 "requires at least two acts of racketeering activity."  18 U.S.C. s
 1961(5).  Broad criminal penalties are provided for RICO violations.  See 18
 U.S.C. s 1963.  In addition, Congress provided for a civil enforcement scheme,
 including private treble damages actions.  See 18 U.S.C. s 1964.
  Despite repeated efforts by courts to limit the reach of civil RICO private
 damages actions, it is clear that suits alleging the requisite predicate acts
 are entitled to federal court jurisdiction, even if the acts are of a common-
 garden variety far removed from what is normally regarded as "organized crime"
 activity.  See Sedima, S.P.R.L. v. Imrex Co., --- U.S. ----, 105 S.Ct.
 3275, 3284-85, 87 L.Ed.2d 346 (1985) (civil RICO suit may be based on
 commercial contract dispute involving two allegations of mail and wire fraud;
 civil RICO jurisdiction requires no prior criminal convictions for predicate
 acts nor any showing of "racketeering injury.")  The Church's complaint alleges
 that the higher level materials are the Church's trade secret which the new
 church misappropriated through several acts of mail or wire fraud constituting
 a pattern of racketeering activity. [FN5]  The complaint characterizes the
 contacts between the new church and Wollersheim and his counsel as a conspiracy
 within RICO's definition of "enterprise."  The Church's complaint also includes
 a claim for money damages under RICO.  Thus, the Church apparently satisfies
 the federal jurisdictional requirements for a civil RICO damages action. [FN6]

      FN5. The new church characterizes the predicate acts as the Copenhagen
     burglary and the receipt of the stolen materials.  It argues that since the
     theft was not punishable in the United States, it cannot be a predicate
     act, and thus the Church has not demonstrated a pattern of racketeering.
     Even if the Danish theft falls outside RICO, the Church alleges sufficient
     telephone and mail contacts between the new church and Scott's group to
     satisfy the pattern requirement through several predicate acts of mail and
     wire fraud.

      FN6. While the complaint states a claim for money damages, at the hearing
     on the motion for the preliminary injunction, the Church denied that it had
     suffered financially from the new church's behavior.  Rather, the Church
     characterized its injury as the harm caused to its adherents from
     premature, unsupervised exposure to the higher level materials.  It is not
     clear whether such an injury is sufficient to allow the Church to press
     even a civil RICO damages action.
     In Sedima, the Supreme Court stated that "the plaintiff only has
     standing if, and can only recover to the extent that, he has been injured
     in his business or property by the conduct constituting the violation....
     Where the plaintiff alleges each element of the violation, the compensable
     injury necessarily is the harm caused by predicate acts sufficiently
     related to constitute a pattern, for the essence of the violation is the
     commission of those acts in connection with the conduct of an
     enterprise."  105 S.Ct. at 3285-86.  The district court found such a
     "nexus" between the Scott theft and the new church.  The court did not
     expressly find a further nexus between the new church's actions via the
     predicate acts and the injury to the Church adherents.  Sedima
     apparently requires such a nexus for civil RICO damages "standing."
     Assuming that this nexus can be established, the injury alleged by the
     Church may not be compensable under civil RICO.  In a footnote in
     Sedima, the Court explains that civil RICO damages "include, but are not
     limited to ... competitive injury."  105 S.Ct. at 3286 n. 15.  In
     disagreeing with the dissent's attempt to limit civil RICO standing,
     Sedima apparently embraces the notion that "harm proximately caused by
     the forbidden conduct" is compensable.  Id.  The court gives no
     indication whether nonfinancial proximate harm, such as the emotional-type
     injury alleged by the Church, is compensable under civil RICO.  Since we
     are reviewing only the injunctive relief granted to the Church, we need not
     decide this issue.  However, if the action proceeds to trial on the
     Church's damages claim, the district court will then be obliged to confront
     the problem.

                                      *1081 B.
  No appellate court has expressly determined whether civil RICO permits a
 private party to secure injunctive relief.  The Fourth Circuit has implied that
 injunctive relief is not available to a private civil RICO plaintiff, but
 reserved ultimate judgment on the matter.  See Dan River, Inc. v. Icahn, 701
 F.2d 278, 290 (4th Cir.1983) ("While we do not undertake to resolve the
 question ... [i]n light of the most recent indications from the Supreme Court,
 Dan River's action for equitable relief under RICO might well fail to state a
 claim.").  In dictum in a moot appeal in Trane Co. v. O'Connor Securities,
 718 F.2d 26, 28 (2d Cir.1983) the Second Circuit stated:  "We have the same
 [serious] doubts [as courts such as the Fourth Circuit in Dan River ] as to
 the propriety of private party injunctive relief...."  More recently, in
 Sedima, S.P.R.L. v. Imrex Co., 741 F.2d 482, 489 n. 20 (2d Cir.1984),
 rev'd, --- U.S. ----, 105 S.Ct. 3275, 87 L.Ed.2d 346 (1985), the Second
 Circuit observed that "[i]t thus seems altogether likely that s 1964(c) as
 it now stands was not intended to provide private parties injunctive relief."
 However, the precedential value of this conclusion, itself somewhat equivocal,
 is thrown into considerable doubt by the Supreme Court's total rejection of the
 conclusions drawn by the Second Circuit from its historical analysis of the
 RICO statute.  See 105 S.Ct. 3275.
  In contrast, the Eighth Circuit, expressly without resolving the issue, has
 hinted that injunctive relief may be available either under civil RICO or under
 a court's general equitable powers.  See Bennett v. Berg, 685 F.2d 1053,
 1064 (8th Cir.1982) (citing a law review article which supports the
 availability of injunctive relief), aff'd on rehearing, 710 F.2d 1361 (8th
 Cir.) (en banc), cert. denied, 464 U.S. 1008, 104 S.Ct. 527, 78 L.Ed.2d 710
 (1983). [FN7]  See also USACO Coal Co. v. Carbomin Energy, Inc., 689 F.2d
 94, 97-98 (6th Cir.1982) (affirming grant of injunctive relief to private
 plaintiff on pendent state claims where RICO provided federal jurisdiction

      FN7. The Eighth Circuit panel cited Blakey and Gettings, Racketeer
     Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO):  Basic Concepts--Criminal and
     Civil Remedies, 53 Temple L.Q. 1014, 1038 nn. 132-33 (1980) (statutory
     language provides for equitable relief).  685 F.2d at 1064.

  A similar disunity of views exists among those district courts that have
 confronted the issue.  The only three published decisions explicitly to hold
 that injunctive relief is not available to a civil RICO plaintiff are all from
 the Northern District of Illinois.  See Miller v. Affiliated Financial
 Corp., 600 F.Supp. 987, 994 (N.D.Ill.1984);  DeMent v. Abbott Capital Corp.,
 589 F.Supp. 1378, 1382-83 (N.D.Ill.1984);  and Kaushal v. State Bank of
 India, 556 F.Supp. 576, 581-84 (N.D.Ill.1983).  See also Ashland Oil, Inc.
 v. Gleave, 540 F.Supp. 81, 85-86 (W.D.N.Y.1982) (statutory attachment not
 available to private civil RICO plaintiff).
  Two district courts have held that injunctive relief is available to a private
 civil RICO plaintiff.  See Aetna Casualty and Surety Co. v. Liebowitz, 570
 F.Supp. 908, 910-11 (E.D.N.Y.1983), aff'd on other grounds, 730 F.2d 905 (2d
 Cir.1984);  and Chambers Development Co. v. Browning-Ferris Industries, 590
 F.Supp. 1528, 1540- *1082 41 (W.D.Pa.1984).  Additionally, several district
 courts have simply assumed the availability of injunctive relief to civil RICO
 plaintiffs.  See USACO Coal Co. v. Carbomin Energy, Inc., 539 F.Supp. 807,
 814-16 (W.D.Ky.), aff'd on other grounds, 689 F.2d 94 (6th Cir.1982);
 Marshall Field & Co. v. Icahn, 537 F.Supp. 413, 420 (S.D.N.Y.1982);
 Vietnamese Fishermen's Association v. Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, 518
 F.Supp. 993, 1014 (S.D.Tex.1981).
  Still other district courts have raised, but managed to avoid deciding the
 issue.  See McLendon v. Continental Group, Inc., 602 F.Supp. 1492, 1518-19
 (D.N.J.1985) ("The law [in this area] is in great flux.");  Kaufman v. Chase
 Manhattan Bank, N.A., 581 F.Supp. 350, 359 (S.D.N.Y.1984).
  [1] Thus, we must decide essentially as a matter of first impression for an
 appellate court whether injunctive relief may be granted to a private plaintiff
 under civil RICO.  When interpreting a statute, the plain meaning of the words
 used is controlling absent "a clearly expressed legislative intent to the
 contrary."  United States v. Turkette, 452 U.S. 576, 580, 101 S.Ct. 2524,
 2527, 69 L.Ed.2d 246 (1981) (quoting Consumer Product Safety Commission v.
 GTE Sylvania, Inc., 447 U.S. 102, 108, 100 S.Ct. 2051, 2056, 64 L.Ed.2d 766
 (1980));  Powell v. Tucson Air Museum Foundation of Pima County, 771 F.2d
 1309, 1311 (9th Cir.1985).  When the language of a statute is ambiguous, we
 construe the statute in the light of Congress's purpose in enacting it as
 expressed in the legislative history.  See Train v. Colorado Public Interest
 Research Group, Inc., 426 U.S. 1, 9-10, 96 S.Ct. 1938, 1942, 48 L.Ed.2d 434
  Section 1964 has four parts. [FN8]  Part (c) was added late in RICO's
 legislative passage through Congress.  The bill passed by the Senate included
 only the present parts (a), (b), and (d).  See infra pages 1083 - 84;
 Sedima, 105 S.Ct. at 3280-81.

      FN8. 18 U.S.C. s 1964 states:
     (a) The district courts of the United States shall have jurisdiction to
     prevent and restrain violations of section 1962 of this chapter by
     issuing appropriate orders, including, but not limited to:  ordering any
     person to divest himself of any interest, direct or indirect, in any
     enterprise;  imposing reasonable restrictions on the future activities or
     investments of any person, including, but not limited to, prohibiting any
     person from engaging in the same type of endeavor as the enterprise engaged
     in, the activities of which affect interstate or foreign commerce;  or
     ordering dissolution or reorganization of any enterprise, making due
     provision for the rights of innocent persons.
     (b) The Attorney General may institute proceedings under this section.  In
     any action brought by the United States under this section, the court shall
     proceed as soon as practicable to the hearing and determination thereof.
     Pending final determination thereof, the court may at any time enter such
     restraining orders or prohibitions, or take such other actions, including
     the acceptance of satisfactory performance bonds, as it shall deem proper.
     (c) Any person injured in his business or property by reason of a violation
     of section 1962 of this chapter may sue therefor in any appropriate
     United States district court and shall recover threefold the damages he
     sustains and the cost of the suit, including a reasonable attorney's fee.
     (d) A final judgment or decree rendered in favor of the United States in
     any criminal proceeding brought by the United States under this chapter
     shall estop the defendant from denying the essential allegations of the
     criminal offense in any subsequent civil proceeding brought by the United

  Part (a) is a broad grant of equitable jurisdiction to the federal courts.
 Part (b) permits the government to bring actions for equitable relief.  Part
 (d) grants collateral estoppel effect to a criminal conviction in a subsequent
 civil action by the government.  Part (c), the private civil RICO provision,
 states that a private plaintiff may recover treble damages, costs and
 attorney's fees.  In contrast to part (b), there is no express authority to
 private plaintiffs to seek the equitable relief available under part (a).
  Admittedly, part (c) also does not expressly limit private plaintiffs "only"
 to the enumerated remedies, nor does part (a) expressly limit the availability
 of the illustrative *1083 equitable remedies to the government.  See
 Strafer, Massumi, and Skolnick, Civil RICO in the Public Interest:
 "Everybody's Darling," 19 Am.Crim.L.Rev. 655, 710 (1982).  However, the
 inclusion of a single statutory reference to private plaintiffs, and the
 identification of a damages and fees remedy for such plaintiffs in part (c),
 logically carries the negative implication that no other remedy was intended to
 be conferred on private plaintiffs.
  As the Supreme Court has emphasized, Congress expressly admonished that RICO
 "be liberally construed to effectuate its remedial purposes," and that "[t]he
 statute's 'remedial purposes' are nowhere more evident than in the provision of
 a private action for those injured by racketeering activity."  Sedima, 105
 S.Ct. at 3286;  see also, Turkette, 452 U.S. at 587, 101 S.Ct. at 2530.  In
 this spirit, those sympathetic to a private equitable remedy under civil RICO
 have suggested two other readings of the statute.  The Church urges us to adopt
 either or both of these constructions of section 1964.
  First, the Church suggests that it is significant that the treble damage
 clause of section 1964(c) is preceded by "and" rather than "to."  Thus, it
 is suggested, all appropriate relief, including the equitable remedies of part
 (a), are available to private plaintiffs because there is no clear statutory
 limitation.  Moreover, the Church argues, there is no good reason for Congress
 denying victims equitable relief while permitting them damages relief.  See
 Blakey, The RICO Civil Fraud Action in Context:  Reflections on Bennett v.
 Berg, 58 Notre Dame L.Rev. 237, 332 (1982);  Blakey and Gettings, Racketeer
 Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO):  Basic Concepts--Criminal and
 Civil Remedies, 53 Temple L.Q. 1014, 1038 n. 133 (1980).  No court has accepted
 this reading.  Indeed, two courts have been vehement in their rejection of this
 analysis.  See Sedima, 741 F.2d at 489 n. 20 ("rather remarkable
 argument");  Kaushal, 556 F.Supp. at 582 ("bizarre and wholly unconvincing
 as a matter of plain English and the normal use of language.").  See also infra
 note 11.
  Second, the Church asserts that the variation in language used in parts (a)
 and (b) of section 1964 indicate that Congress did not intend to limit the
 inherent powers of federal courts to grant equitable relief in suitable cases.
 The argument is made that because part (b) grants the Attorney General the
 express power to seek temporary equitable relief, other parties are permitted
 to seek permanent equitable relief.  Moreover, the Church contends, if the
 availability of equitable relief under section 1964 were determined solely
 by part (b), part (a) would become superfluous.  See J. Fricano, Civil RICO--An
 Antitrust Plaintiff's Considerations, in 1 Current Problems in Federal Civil
 Practice 827-28 (PLI, 1983);  Chambers, 590 F.Supp. at 1540.
  The Church develops this textual argument with particular vigor.  It argues
 that part (a), alone of the subparts of section 1964, is general in theme
 and apparently unrestricted in application.  Its plain words place no limit on
 the class or category of litigants who might avail themselves of the remedies
 it makes available under RICO.  While the other subparts of section 1964
 provide for specific relief to specific parties, the Church observes that they
 give no indication that part (a) is anything other than a simple and broad
 grant of jurisdiction.  See Belgard, Private Civil RICO Plaintiffs Are Entitled
 to Equitable Relief under s 1964(a), 2 RICO Law Rep. 537, 537-38 (1985).
 The Church reads section 1964(b) as permission for the government to secure
 injunctive relief without satisfying the traditional equity tests of
 irreparable harm and inadequacy of alternative remedy at law.  See United
 States v. Cappetto, 502 F.2d 1351, 1358-59 (7th Cir.1974), cert. denied, 420
 U.S. 925, 95 S.Ct. 1121, 43 L.Ed.2d 395 (1975).  Thus, the Church asserts,
 part (b) does not restrict RICO injunctive relief to the government, but merely
 sets aside for civil RICO cases the traditional rule that only a victim may
 enjoin a crime.  See In re Debs, 158 U.S. 564, 582-84, 15 S.Ct. 900, 905-06,
 39 L.Ed. 1092 (1895).  Thus, the Church would have us read part (a) as
 sufficient for a *1084 federal court to grant an injunction to a private
 RICO plaintiff even if part (c) had never been added to section 1964.
  This latter construction of section 1964 is certainly a plausible reading
 of the statutory language.  However, our review of Congress' intent in enacting
 civil RICO convinces us that the Church is incorrect.  The legislative history
 mandates us to hold that injunctive relief is not available to a private party
 in a civil RICO action.  The Supreme Court's apparent endorsement of the
 conclusion that we reach here reinforces this reading of the statute.  See
 Sedima, 105 S.Ct. at 3280 ("The civil remedies in the bill passed by the
 Senate, S. 30, were limited to injunctive actions by the United States and
 became ss 1964(a), (b), and (d).").
  RICO has a long legislative lineage.  The Organized Crime Control Act of 1970
 was derived from S. 30, 91st Cong., 1st Sess., 115 Cong.Rec. 769 (1969).
 Title IX of the Act, RICO, was added to S. 30 by the Senate.  The substance of
 Title IX was contained in an earlier Senate bill, S. 1861, 91st Cong.,
 1st Sess., 115 Cong.Rec. 9,568-71 (1969).  See also 116 Cong.Rec. 591
 (remarks of Sen. McClellan).  Neither S. 1861 nor S. 30 contained a private
 civil cause of action.  An earlier predecessor of RICO, S. 1623, 91st
 Cong. 1st Sess., 115 Cong.Rec. 6,995-96 (1969), did contain a private civil
 cause of action based closely on the Clayton Act, providing explicitly for
 injunctive relief as well as for treble damages.  S. 1623 ss 3(c),
 4(a).  That bill was itself patterned on two earlier Senate bills, S. 2048
 and S. 2049, 90th Cong. 1st Sess. (1967), both of which provided for private
 civil action similar to that in S. 1623.  See generally, Belgard, 2 RICO Law
 Rep. at 538 (quoting relevant provisions of these bills).
  The Senate Subcommittee on Criminal Laws and Procedures of the Senate
 Committee on the Judiciary replaced S. 1623 with S. 1861 apparently in
 part because S. 1861 provided broader governmental civil relief, such as the
 investigative demand, and was in other ways a more comprehensive bill.  See
 Hearings on Measures Relating to Organized Crime Before the Subcommittee on
 Criminal Laws and Procedures of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, 91st
 Cong., 1st Sess. 387-88, 407-08 (1969).
  There were also a number of House predecessors to RICO which paralleled S.
 30.  See H.R. 19215, 91st Cong.2d Sess. 116 Cong.Rec. 31,914 (1970).  H.R.
 19215 included a more complete private cause of action section than that
 eventually inserted by the House, and explicitly allowed for private party
 injunctive relief.
  While the Act for the most part originated in the Senate, the civil RICO
 provision permitting suit by private persons, 18 U.S.C. s 1964(c),
 originated in the House.  See Sedima, 105 S.Ct. at 3280.  During hearings on
 S. 30 before the House Judiciary Committee, Representative Steiger proposed the
 addition of a private treble damages action "similar to the private damage
 remedy found in the antitrust laws....  [T]hose who have been wronged by
 organized crime should at least be given access to a legal remedy.  In
 addition, the availability of such a remedy would enhance the effectiveness of
 title IX's prohibitions."  Organized Crime Control:  Hearings on S. 30, and
 related proposals, before Subcommittee No. 5 of the House Committee on the
 Judiciary, 91st Cong., 2d Sess. 520 (1970) ("House Hearings ").  The American
 Bar Association also proposed an amendment "based upon the concept of
 Section 4 of the Clayton Act."  Id. at 543-44, 548, 559;  see 116
 Cong.Rec. 25,190-91 (1970);  Sedima, 105 S.Ct. at 3280-81.
  Significantly, Representative Steiger's proposal, like those in the rejected
 Senate bills, provided explicitly for a private injunctive remedy under
 section 1964(a).  House Hearings at 521 (subsection (c) of proposal of Rep.
 Steiger).  The legislative history is silent as to why the subcommittee
 rejected this language and explicitly created only the private action for
 treble damages which was eventually enacted as section 1964(c).  See 116
 Cong.Rec. 25,190 (remarks of Sen. McClellan welcoming *1085 House addition
 of private treble damages remedy).  The adopted statutory language was drawn
 from H.R. 19586, 91st Cong., 2d Sess. 56 (1970), one of the two House bills
 that paralleled S. 30.  In choosing H.R. 19586 over H.R. 19215, the House
 apparently explicitly rejected a private injunctive relief provision.
  The Church's argument rests on the assertion that the private treble damages
 remedy provided by section 1964(c) is additional to the equitable RICO
 remedies made available to private plaintiffs by section 1964(a).  The
 legislative history offers some support for this thesis.  Introducing the bill
 during House debate, the House sponsor, Representative Poff, stated:
   Courts are given broad powers under the title to proceed civilly, using
 essentially their equitable powers, to reform corrupted organizations, for
 example, by prohibiting the racketeers to participate any longer in the
 enterprise, by ordering divestitures, and even by ordering dissolution or
 reorganization of the enterprise.  In addition, at the suggestion of the
 gentleman from Arizona (Mr. Steiger) and also the American Bar Association and
 others, the committee has provided that private persons injured by reason of a
 violation of the title may recover treble damages in Federal courts--another
 example of the antitrust remedy being adapted for use against organized
  116 Cong.Rec. 35,295 (1970) (emphasis added).  Earlier, during Senate floor
 debate on the bill before the addition of the present section 1964(c),
 Senator McClellan, the bill's principal Senate sponsor, described the value of
 civil RICO thus:
   Since enactment of the Sherman Antitrust Act in 1890, the courts have used
 several equitable remedies ... to implement the language of 15 U.S.C.
 sections 1 and 2.  I believe, and numerous others have expressed a similar
 belief, that these equitable devices can prove effective in cleaning up
 organizations corrupted by the forces of organized crime.
  Id. at 592.
  However, two separate episodes from the history of civil RICO's legislative
 passage convince us that the conclusions the Church would have us draw from
 these congressional statements do not reflect Congress' intent in section
 1964.  First, the House rejected an amendment, described as "an additional
 civil remedy," which would expressly permit private parties to sue for
 injunctive relief under section 1964(a).  Second, in the very next year
 after RICO's enactment, Congress refused to enact a bill to amend section
 1964 and give private plaintiffs injunctive relief.
  During debate on the House floor, Representative Steiger offered an amendment
 that would have allowed private injunctive actions, fixed a statute of
 limitations, and clarified venue and process requirements.  116 Cong.Rec. at
 35,346;  see also id. at 35,227-28. [FN9]  The proposal was greeted with
 some hostility because it had not been reviewed *1086 in committee, and
 Representative Steiger withdrew it without a vote being taken.  Id. at
 35,346-47.  Representative Steiger's withdrawal was in response to remarks by
 the bill's House sponsor.  Representative Poff stated:

      FN9. Representative Steiger's amendment was very specific.  The present
     section 1964(c), the private treble damages remedy, which the House had
     already agreed to add to the bill, and the present part (d), concerning
     collateral estoppel, would become parts (e) and (g) respectively of
     section 1964.  116 Cong.Rec. at 35,346.  The new part (c) proposed by
     Representative Steiger read:
     (c) Any person may institute proceedings under subsection (a) of this
     section.  In any proceeding brought by any person under subsection (a) of
     this section, relief shall be granted in conformity with the principles
     which govern the granting of injunctive relief from threatened loss or
     damages in other cases.  Upon the execution of proper bond against damages
     from an injunction improvidently granted and a showing of immediate danger
     of irreparable loss or damage, a preliminary injunction may be issued in
     any action before a determination thereof upon its merits.
     Id.  A new part (d) would permit the government to sue for damages;
     proposed part (f) would allow government intervention in private suits of
     "general public importance";  and proposed part (h) provided for a five
     year statute of limitations tollable during the pendency of a government or
     private suit on a similar matter.  Id.

   Mr. Chairman, I want to pay special tribute to the gentleman in the well for
 having raised the issue which his amendment defines.  It does offer an
 additional civil remedy which I think properly might be suited to the special
 mechanism fashioned in title IX.  Indeed, I am an author of an almost identical
 amendment.  It has its counterpart almost in haec verba in the antitrust
 statutes, and yet I suggest to the gentleman that prudence would dictate that
 the Judiciary Committee very carefully explore the potential consequences that
 this new remedy might have in all the ramifications which this legislation
 contains and for that reason, I would hope that the gentleman might agree to
 ask unanimous consent to withdraw his amendment from consideration with the
 understanding that it might properly be considered by the Judiciary Committee
 when the Congress reconvenes following the elections or some other appropriate
  Id. at 35,346 (emphasis added).  The House then passed the bill, with the
 treble damages provision in the form recommended by the Committee.  Id. at
 35,363-64.  The Senate did not seek a conference and adopted the bill as
 amended in the House.  Id. at 36,296.
  In the next term of the Senate, the same amendment as that offered by
 Representative Steiger on the House floor during debate on the RICO bill, see
 supra note 9, was proposed as a bill to amend the now enacted legislation.
 S. 16, 92nd Cong., 1st Sess. (1971).  See Victims of Crime, Hearing before the
 Subcommittee on Criminal Laws and Procedures of the Senate Committee of the
 Judiciary, 92nd Cong., 1st Sess. 3 (1972).  The new bill "would expand the
 available civil remedies" since "[n]ow only the United States can institute
 injunctive proceedings. " Id. at 158.  (Statement of Richard Velde,
 Associate Administrator, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration) (emphasis
 added). [FN10]

      FN10. While post-enactment legislative history is not by any means
     conclusive, it cannot merely be ignored.  North Haven Board of Education
     v. Bell, 456 U.S. 512, 530-35, 102 S.Ct. 1912, 1922-25, 72 L.Ed.2d 299

  The Senate Judiciary Committee reported favorably on S. 16, 92d Cong., 2d
 Sess., 118 Cong.Rec. 29,368-69 (1972).  The committee report noted that RICO
 as enacted, provided for private treble damages actions, and that the new bill
 would supplement this and "authorize private injunctive relief from
 racketeering activity."  S.Rep. No. 1070, 92d Cong., 2d Sess. 10
 (1972) (emphasis added).  During Senate floor debates on S. 16, Senator
 McClellan observed that the bill would add to existing private RICO remedies
 by "authoriz[ing] private injunctive relief from racketeering activity."
 118 Cong.Rec. 29,370 (1972).  See also id. (remarks of Senator Hruska).
 Although the Senate passed S. 16, the bill never passed the House, and its
 substance never became law.
  The clear message from the legislative history is that, in considering civil
 RICO, Congress was repeatedly presented with the opportunity expressly to
 include a provision permitting private plaintiffs to secure injunctive relief.
 On each occasion, Congress rejected the addition of any such provision.
  This clear message is reinforced by recalling that civil RICO was intended to
 provide a private cause of action modeled on the analogous provision of the
 antitrust laws.  See 116 Cong.Rec. 592 (remarks of Sen. McClellan);  id.
 at 602 (remarks of Sen. Hruska) (RICO's civil provisions employ "time-tested
 antitrust remedies");  S.Rep. No. 617, 80-82, 125, 160 (1969) U.S.Code Cong. &
 Admin.News 1970, p. 4007;  116 Cong.Rec. 35,295 (Private treble damages
 provision is "another example of the antitrust remedy being adapted for use
 *1087 against organized criminality.") (remarks of Rep. Poff);  House
 Hearings at 543-44 (testimony of ABA President Wright);  Sedima, 105 S.Ct.
 at 3282 ("The clearest current in [the legislative] history is the reliance on
 the Clayton Act model....").
  The language of the treble damages antitrust remedy, section four of the
 Clayton Act, 15 U.S.C. s 15(a), is similar to that of civil RICO. [FN11]
 The Supreme Court has explicitly held that the language of section 4
 precludes private injunctive relief.  See Paine Lumber Co. v. Neal, 244 U.S.
 459, 471, 37 S.Ct. 718, 719, 61 L.Ed. 1256 (1917).  Cf. Minnesota v.
 Northern Securities Co., 194 U.S. 48, 70-71, 24 S.Ct. 598, 604-605, 48 L.Ed.
 870 (1904) (no private right to injunctive relief under section 4 of Sherman
 Act).  Private antitrust plaintiffs can, however, secure injunctive relief only
 by virtue of a separate section of the Clayton Act which expressly provides for
 private equitable actions.  See Section 16 codified at 15 U.S.C. s 26.
 [FN12]  RICO contains no parallel provision to section 16's grant of a private
 right to injunctive relief.

      FN11. 15 U.S.C. s 15(a) provides in pertinent part:
     "[A]ny person who shall be injured in his business or property by reason of
     anything forbidden in the antitrust laws may sue therefor in any district
     court of the United States in the district in which the defendant resides
     or is found or has an agent, without respect to the amount in controversy,
     and shall recover threefold the damages by him sustained, and the cost of
     suit, including a reasonable attorney's fee."  (Emphasis added.)
     It should be noted that this provision includes the word "and" before
     stating the remedy.  It was the inclusion of this word in civil RICO
     that prompted the Church and some commentators to conclude that civil RICO
     permitted private injunctive relief.  See supra page 1083.  The fact
     that the Clayton Act treble damages provision does not extend to private
     injunctive relief, even with the "and" included, surely undermines the
     argument that its inclusion in section 1964(c) indicates that injunctive
     relief is not precluded by that section.

      FN12. 15 U.S.C. s 26 provides in pertinent part:
     Any person, firm, corporation, or association shall be entitled to sue for
     and have injunctive relief, in any court of the United States having
     jurisdiction over the parties, against threatened loss or damage by a
     violation of the antitrust laws, including sections 13, 14, 18, and 19 of
     this title, when and under the same conditions and principles as injunctive
     relief against threatened conduct that will cause loss or damage is granted
     by courts of equity, under the rules governing such proceedings, and upon
     the execution of proper bond against damages for an injunction
     improvidently granted and a showing that the danger of irreparable loss or
     damage is immediate, a preliminary injunction may issue.
     A proviso to this section prevents an equitable suit against a common

  Presumably, had it desired to do so, Congress could have completed the analogy
 between civil RICO and the antitrust laws by including in civil RICO a
 private equitable relief remedy like section sixteen of the Clayton Act.  That
 it did not do so, despite the repeated efforts of several members of Congress,
 strongly suggests that Congress did not intend to give private civil RICO
 plaintiffs access to equitable remedies. [FN13]

      FN13. The Church argues that comparisons with section 16 of the Clayton
     Act are inappropriate because the Clayton Act also includes a provision,
     section 15, 15 U.S.C. s 25, expressly limiting injunctive relief to
     the government and thus the statutes--RICO and the Clayton Act--are not
     similar.  See Belgard, 2 RICO Law Rep. at 541, n. 13.  See also Fricano,
     Civil RICO at 828-29.  This argument is to no avail.  The legislative
     history shows that Congress recognized and accepted the validity of the
     comparison during the passage of RICO.
     In his remarks on the House floor which prompted Representative Steiger to
     withdraw his late amendment specifically providing injunctive relief to a
     private RICO plaintiff, Representative Poff stated that Representative
     Steiger's amendment "has its counterpart almost in haec verba in the
     antitrust statutes."  116 Cong.Rec. 35,346.  See supra page 1086.
     Representative Poff must have been comparing Representative Steiger's
     abortive private injunctive relief provision to section 16 of the Clayton
     Act, the private antitrust injunctive relief provision.  Thus, Congress was
     well aware that civil RICO was not symmetrical with the antitrust laws with
     respect to private injunctive relief.  Congress' rejection of
     Representative Steiger's amendment is additional proof that Congress
     deliberately and knowingly excluded private injunctive relief from the
     arsenal of remedies created by RICO.

  Further support for the conclusion that injunctive relief is not available
 under civil *1088 RICO is found in the Supreme Court doctrine that sharply
 limits the implication of causes of action or remedies not expressly provided
 by statute.
   [I]t is an elemental canon of statutory construction that where a statute
 expressly provides a particular remedy or remedies, a court must be chary of
 reading others into it.
  Transamerica Mortgage Advisors, Inc. v. Lewis, 444 U.S. 11, 19, 100 S.Ct.
 242, 247, 62 L.Ed.2d 146 (1979);  see also Touche Ross & Co. v. Redington,
 442 U.S. 560, 568, 99 S.Ct. 2479, 2485, 61 L.Ed.2d 82 (1979).
  Where a statute provides an elaborate enforcement scheme that confers
 authority to sue on both government officials and private citizens, "it cannot
 be assumed that Congress intended to authorize by implication additional
 judicial remedies for private citizens."  Middlesex County Sewerage
 Authority v. National Sea Clammers Association, 453 U.S. 1, 14, 101 S.Ct. 2615,
 2623, 69 L.Ed.2d 435 (1981).  "In the absence of strong indicia of a contrary
 congressional intent, we are compelled to conclude that Congress provided
 precisely the remedies it considered appropriate."  Id. at 15, 101 S.Ct.
 2623.  Compare Sea Clammers (no private right of action implied in federal
 environmental statutes) with Herman & MacLean v. Huddleston, 459 U.S. 375,
 380-87, 103 S.Ct. 683, 686-90, 74 L.Ed.2d 548 (1983) (implied remedy under
 securities law available because of congressional intent even where cumulative
 to express remedies).
  For civil RICO, there are strong indicia of congressional intent against any
 implied injunctive relief remedy.  Similarly, there is no indication in the
 language of section 1964 that civil RICO was not intended, as its plain
 wording states, to limit private plaintiffs only to damages, costs, and fees.
 Taken together, the legislative history and statutory language suggest
 overwhelmingly that no private equitable action should be implied under civil
 RICO. [FN14]

      FN14. The Church argues that a more appropriate test whether civil RICO
     implies a private right is that articulated in Cort v. Ash, 422 U.S. 66,
     78, 95 S.Ct. 2080, 2087, 45 L.Ed.2d 26 (1975).  See Belgard, 2 RICO Law
     Rep. at 539.  Cort posed four "relevant" questions to assist in
     determining "whether a private remedy is implicit in a statute not
     expressly providing one."  Cort, 422 U.S. at 78, 95 S.Ct. 2088.  We see
     no conflict between Cort and the more recent line of Supreme Court cases
     upon which we rely.  Applying the Cort factors still produces a ruling
     adverse to the Church.  First, the Church is not "one of the class for
     whose especial benefit the statute was enacted."  Id. (emphasis in
     original).  RICO was aimed principally at protecting the public from
     organized crime front enterprises, not at enabling a religious organization
     to prevent the dissemination of doctrinal materials by a rival religious
     organization.  Second, as we have discussed supra, there is substantial
     "indication of legislative intent, explicit and implicit" against an
     implied private remedy.  Id.  Third, while implying an injunctive remedy
     may be consistent generally with RICO's purpose, in this particular case,
     we doubt whether this is so.  Id.  Fourth, to the extent that the
     dispute here concerns trade secrets misappropriation, "it would be
     inappropriate to infer a cause of action based solely on federal law."

  Thus we conclude that Congress did not intend to give private RICO plaintiffs
 any right to injunctive relief.  In reaching this conclusion, we recognize that
 strong policy arguments can be made to support a right to injunctive relief for
 private RICO plaintiffs.
  It may be that in drawing the line between private equitable relief and
 private damages, Congress wished to preclude federal courts from interfering
 with the day-to-day running of businesses at the behest of what might be only a
 disgruntled competitor.  However, this same concern about anticompetitive
 litigation has been frequently leveled at RICO's treble damages provision.  The
 Supreme Court, despite expressing sympathy for this concern, has rejected it as
 not consistent with the statute's wording and history.  See Sedima, 105
 S.Ct. at 3277-78.
  In contrast, we recognize the force of the Church's argument that a private
 injunctive remedy would permit an injured party to put an immediate stop to
 racketeering behavior that threatens his or her business *1089 with economic
 destruction before the business has been brought to its knees.  While the
 treble damages remedy is a potent weapon, it necessarily assumes that economic
 injury has occurred.  The preventive effect of injunctive relief is often a
 more just remedy.  Although civil RICO empowers the government to bring an
 injunctive suit to protect a threatened enterprise, we recognize that the
 resources of the United States Attorney's office are limited.  Civil RICO
 deliberately created dual avenues of enforcement--private and public.  We
 recognize that precluding enforcing parties from employing the weapon of
 equitable relief partially hamstrings the statute's effect.  "Private attorney
 general provisions such as s 1964(c) are in part designed to fill
 prosecutorial gaps," Sedima, 105 S.Ct. at 3284, and use of equitable
 remedies by private parties would frequently result in substantial benefits to
 society generally.  These broad social benefits, such as the dismantling of an
 illegitimate enterprise, would generally exceed the gain to the private
 plaintiff from this action, especially where the individual's injury has been
 ameliorated by treble damages.
  Even so, while, on balance, it may well have been desirable for Congress to
 have extended to private parties the right to injunctive relief under civil
 RICO, we are convinced that Congress chose not to do so, and we must respect
 and follow that judgment. [FN15]

      FN15. Since the remedy granted to the Church by the district court was
     beyond the jurisdiction of the court, it is not necessary for our
     resolution of this appeal to reach the additional jurisdictional questions
     whether the Church had standing to assert its adherents' "religious injury"
     caused by the new church's alleged conduct and whether the dispute was ripe
     for resolution by the court.  See Liberty National Insurance Holding Co.
     v. Charter Co., 734 F.2d 545, 553 n. 19 (11th Cir.1984);  Raypath, Inc.
     v. City of Anchorage, 544 F.2d 1019, 1021 (9th Cir.1976) (per curiam) (if
     no cause of action can exist, the case should be dismissed before reaching
     the issue of standing).
     By resolving this appeal on jurisdictional grounds we avoid deciding the
     significant first amendment issues raised by the district court's
     injunction.  For example, the effect of the injunction's prohibition on the
     use of any of the higher level materials is to curtail the religious
     practice of the new church's adherents.  See Sherbert v. Verner, 374
     U.S. 398, 83 S.Ct. 1790, 10 L.Ed.2d 965 (1963).  Similarly, the court's
     review of the Church's stolen materials and the new church's documents to
     determine whether essential elements have been appropriated raises the
     potential for impermissible entanglement in matters of religious doctrine.
     See Serbian Eastern Orthodox Diocese v. Milivojevich, 426 U.S. 696, 96
     S.Ct. 2372, 49 L.Ed.2d 151 (1976).  Further, the court's recognition of
     "religious injury" from premature unsupervised exposure to Church materials
     as irreparable harm justifying an injunction prompts worrisome
     establishment concerns.  See Lemon v. Kurtzman, 403 U.S. 602, 91
     S.Ct. 2105, 29 L.Ed.2d 745 (1971).

  II. Can Religious Materials Constitute a Protectible Trade Secret?
  The Church's complaint included several pendent California state law claims,
 including misappropriation of trade secrets.  Even though the Church is not
 entitled to injunctive relief under RICO, we must also decide whether it is
 entitled to the same relief under state law.  See USACO, 689 F.2d at 97-98
 (affirming on state law grounds an injunction which district court had issued
 where RICO provided the jurisdictional base).
  [2] "The maintenance of standards of commercial ethics and the encouragement
 of invention are the broadly stated policies behind trade secret law."
 Kewanee Oil Co. v. Bicron Corp., 416 U.S. 470, 481, 94 S.Ct. 1879, 1886, 40
 L.Ed.2d 315 (1974);  Chicago Lock Co. v. Fanberg, 676 F.2d 400, 404-05 (9th
 Cir.1982).  States may regulate trade secrets only to the extent that state law
 does not conflict with federal copyright and patent laws.  Kewanee, 416 U.S.
 at 479, 94 S.Ct. at 1885.  We review matters of state law de novo.  McLinn,
 739 F.2d at 1403.
  Before 1985, California trade secrets law was based on Restatement of Torts
 s 757, comment (b) (1939).  The leading California case prior to the present
 legislation adopted verbatim the Restatement's definition of trade secret:
   It is now settled that a trade secret may consist of any formula, pattern,
 devise or *1090 compilation of information which is used in one's business,
 and which gives him an opportunity to obtain an advantage over competitors who
 do not know or use it.
  Sinclair v. Aquarius Electroncis, Inc., 42 Cal.App.3d 216, 221, 116
 Cal.Rptr. 654, 658 (1974) (emphasis omitted);  see also Chicago Lock, 676
 F.2d at 404;  7 B. Witkin, Summary of California Law, Equity s 82 (8th ed. 1974
 and Supp.1984).  The Restatement (Second) of Torts omitted section 757 and
 any reference to trade secrets.  In response, a Uniform Trade Secrets Act was
 drafted.  California adopted this uniform Act, with minor changes, in 1985.
 See 14 U.L.A. 537, 538-40 (1980 and 1985 Supp.);  M. Jager, Trade Secrets
 Law, s 3.04 (1985);  3 R. Milgrim, Milgrim on Trade Secrets App. AA (1985).

      FN16. Because the new church's alleged trade secrets' misappropriation
     spanned the effective date of the California statute, both old and new law
     must be applicable to sustain the injunction.  See Cal.Civ.Code s

  California law now defines a trade secret as:
   information, including a formula, pattern, compilation, program, devise,
 method, technique, or process, that:
   (1) Derives independent economic value, actual or potential, from not being
 generally known to the public or to other persons who can obtain economic value
 from its disclosure or use;  and
   (2) Is the subject of efforts that are reasonable under the circumstances to
 maintain its secrecy.
  Cal.Civ.Code s 3426.1(d) (West Supp.1986).
  The district court held that the Church's higher level materials were a trade
 secret.  The court relied heavily on the Church's concededly elaborate efforts
 to maintain the secrecy of its materials.  However, the Church's contention
 that the disputed materials are "religious scripture" was not reconciled with
 the California statute's reference to "economic value" as an element of a
 protectible trade secret.
  To be protectible as a trade secret under either Restatement section 757 or
 the new California statute, the confidential material must convey an actual or
 potential commercial advantage, presumably measurable in dollar terms.  We do
 not accept that a trade secret can be based on the spiritual advantage the
 Church believes its adherents acquire over non-adherents by using the materials
 in the prescribed manner.  Former Restatement s 757 defines trade secrets as
 information which is "used in one's business, and which gives him an
 opportunity to obtain an advantage over competitors who do not know or use
 it."  (Emphasis added).  See also 1 Milgrim s 2.02 ("An element common to the
 definitions [of trade secret] is actual use of the secret in a trade or
 business. ") (emphasis added);  Klitzke, Trade Secrets:  Important Quasi-
 Property Rights, 41 Bus.Lawyer 555, 559 (1986) ("Information that can have no
 commercial value cannot be the subject of trade secret protection.");
 Commissioners' Comment to s 1 of Uniform Act, 14 U.L.A. at 543 ("The
 definition includes information that has commercial value from a negative
 viewpoint....  [A] trade secret need not be exclusive to confer a competitive
 advantage....") (emphasis added).
  [3] No published California decision has yet construed Civ.Code
 s 3426.1(d)' s definition of trade secret.  In the only significant effort
 by any state court to construe the Uniform Act's definitional reference to
 "independent economic value," the Minnesota Supreme Court stated:  "This
 statutory element carries forward the common law requirement of competitive
 advantage.  ... This does not mean ... that the owner of the trade secret must
 be the only one in the market.  ... If an outsider would obtain a valuable
 share of the market by gaining certain information, then that information may
 be a trade secret if it is not known or readily ascertainable."  Electro-
 Craft Corp. v. Controlled Motion, Inc., 332 N.W.2d 890, 900
 (Minn.1983) (emphasis added).  We think it probable that the California courts
 will follow the Minnesota Supreme Court's view because of the wording of the
 California criminal law equivalent of Civ.Code s 3426.1(d).  Cal.Penal
 Code s 499c(a)(9) (West Supp.1986) states:  *1091 " 'Trade secret' means ...
 information ... which is secret and which is not generally available to the
 public, and which gives one who uses it an advantage over competitors who do
 not know of or use the trade secret."  (Emphasis added)  See People v.
 Serrata, 62 Cal.App.3d 9, 22, 133 Cal.Rptr. 144, 152 (1976) ("The phrase
 'advantage over competitors' [in Cal.Pen.Code s 499c] refers to any form of
 commercial advantage. "  (emphasis added)).
  In its supplementary findings of fact, the district court noted that the new
 church offers its services to its adherents at a price "substantially less than
 that charged by the Church."  However, the Church alleged no competitive market
 advantage from maintaining the secrecy of its higher level materials.  Indeed,
 to do so would raise grave doubts about its claim as a religion and a not-for-
 profit corporation.  Rather, the Church alleges that its precepts require
 adherents to be audited in a structured manner with exposure to higher level
 materials only when the auditor considers the adherent ready.  The injury
 inflicted on the Church by the new church's misappropriation of its "secret" is
 the "religious harm" that would be suffered by Church adherents from premature
 unsupervised exposure to the materials.  The value of the confidential
 materials is thus spiritual not commercial, and the materials cannot be said to
 have the "independent economic value" necessary to qualify as a protectible
 trade secret. [FN17]

      FN17. The Church relies heavily on language in Purcell v. Summers, 145
     F.2d 979, 985 (4th Cir.1944) which states that unfair competition law
     applies fully to religious and not-for-profit organizations.  That case
     involved an injunction under South Carolina law for the improper use of a
     church's name by a splinter church.  The Methodist Episcopal Church South
     had merged with two other churches to form the United Methodist Church.
     Dissident members who opposed the merger formed their own church using the
     former name.  The Fourth Circuit held that the property and charitable
     gifts of the merged church would be threatened by the use of its former
     name by a different church.
     Purcell does not involve trade secrets.  Rather, it is an example of
     "the common law of trademark infringement and unfair competition [which] is
     replete with cases holding that benevolent, religious, charitable or
     fraternal organizations are entitled to injunctive relief protecting
     against the continued use of their name by local chapters which
     disaffiliate."  United States Jaycees v. San Francisco Junior Chamber of
     Commerce, 354 F.Supp. 61, 71 (N.D.Cal.1972) (citing numerous cases), aff'd
     513 F.2d 1226 (9th Cir.1975) (per curiam).

  III. Conclusion
  The Church was not entitled to an injunction either under civil RICO or under
 California trade secrets law.  We therefore dissolve the injunction forthwith.

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