Swartz Campbell Sues Rival Firm Over Loss Of Fla. Office

By Dan Packel (September 12, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT) -- Philadelphia-based law firm Swartz Campbell LLC has sued local rival The Chartwell Law Offices LLP in state court, alleging in a complaint filed Monday that Chartwell improperly poached employees, including one still bound to Swartz by a partnership agreement, and took over the firm's operations in Fort Myers, Fla.

Swartz Campbell contended a former partner of the firm, James Myers, violated the partnership agreement when he shuttered a profitable Fort Myers office and immediately began an affiliation with Chartwell. Swartz Campbell is suing Chartwell on multiple claims of tortious interference, as well as unfair competition, misappropriation and civil conspiracy.

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