Union Boss Gets Pepper Hamilton Malpractice Suit Revived

By Dan Packel (February 3, 2016, 5:26 PM EST) -- The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Wednesday revived a malpractice suit accusing Pepper Hamilton LLP of betraying union leader and former client John Dougherty by using purportedly confidential information about a criminal probe he faced as the firm defended the Philadelphia Inquirer from a defamation suit.

In a published opinion, the three-judge panel unanimously concluded a trial court judge erred in throwing out the suit brought by the politically influential head of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 98.

The court said there was a real possibility that the firm had a hand in the disclosure of an FBI affidavit regarding a...

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