Private Plaintiffs’ Use of Equitable Remedies Under the RICO Statute: A Means to Reform Corrupted Labor Unions

Part I of this Article outlines the government’s approach to civil RICO actions involving labor unions, including an overview of the government’s prior civil RICO actions and a summary of the types of issues that often arise in such actions. Part II examines the unique issues involved in a civil RICO action brought by a private plaintiff. The principal issue addressed in this Part is whether a private plaintiff can bring an action under the equitable remedies provisions of the RICO statute. This Part also addresses the issues of how a private plaintiff can gain access to information that may be required to prosecute a civil RICO action and how a private plaintiff could pay for such an action.