This chapter introduces the major players in the case US v. IBT, filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and its investigative arm, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), against the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and its top officers in June 1988. The lawsuit was jointly prepared by US Attorney Rudolph Giuliani's office in the Southern District of New York, the FBI, and DOJ's Organized Crime and Racketeering Section in Washington, DC. This lawsuit launched a major battle in DOJ's decades-long war against the Cosa Nostra organized-crime families. This chapter provides a background on the plaintiff, the amici curiae (Teamsters for a Democratic Union and Association for Union Democracy), the defendants, and the judge who presided over the case for its first twelve years, David Edelstein.
Keywords: lawsuit, US v. IBT, Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Rudolph Giuliani, Cosa Nostra, organized crime, amici curiae, David Edelstein
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