Unions Can Face Liability Over 'Sham' Suits, 4th Circ. Rules
By Dan Prochilo
Law360, New York (August 26, 2013, 10:18 PM EDT) -- The Fourth Circuit ruled Monday that the Noerr-Pennington doctrine does not shield objectors who file bogus complaints with the government from liability, reviving a suit against two labor unions over allegedly disingenuous litigation to block a shopping center because one of its tenants would've been a nonunion supermarket.
The appeals court reversed a lower court's granting of summary judgment in favor of the unions, ruling that their 14 mostly ineffective legal challenges to a commercial project in Maryland — in an attempt to strong-arm the developer...