Professional Responsibility Keyed to Hazard
Yablonski v. United Mine Workers of America
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Yablonski (Plaintiff) and other members (Plaintiff) of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) (Defendant) brought an action against the UMWA (Defendant) and three officers (Defendant) seeking an accounting of funds disbursed by the three named officers (Defendant) and restitution of funds they allegedly misappropriated and misspent. The three officers were Boyle (Defendant), president of UMWA (Defendant), Titler (Defendant), vice president, and Owens (Defendant), secretary-treasurer. The regular UMWA (Defendant) outside counsel was representing both the UMWA (Defendant) and the officers (Defendant). Yablonski (Plaintiff) and the others moved to disqualify the firm. After the firm withdrew from representation of the individual officers, it remained as counsel for the UMWA (Defendant), which was sustained as proper by the district court. Yablonski (Plaintiff) and the others appealed
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