Unions Can Face Liability Over 'Sham' Suits, 4th Circ. Rules

Law360, New York (August 26, 2013, 10:18 PM ET) -- 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...
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