Pepper Hamilton Barred From Defamation Row Due To Conflict

Law360, Philadelphia (February 11, 2014, 5:59 PM EST) -- The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Tuesday barred Pepper Hamilton LLP from representing the Philadelphia Inquirer’s parent company in a defamation suit brought by a union leader and erstwhile political candidate who the firm had previously counseled in a related federal corruption probe.

A three-judge panel found that Pepper Hamilton’s role as counsel for John Dougherty, the business manager for a local branch of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, during an investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2006 — which subsequently became fodder for a...
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