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Maritrans GP, Inc. v. Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz
Citation:602 A.2d 1277 (Pa. 1992)
Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz (Defendant), a law firm in Pennsylvania, represented Maritrans (Plaintiff), a petroleum transportation company. Pepper also acted as labor counsel for seven of Maritrans’ New York-based competitors. Pepper had represented Maritrans in labor relations matters for over a decade, and gained detailed financial and business information about the company’s operations, including an analysis of each of its competitors. Maritrans sought a court injunction prohibiting Pepper from continuing to represent the competitors, arguing that the simultaneous representation violated Pepper’s fiduciary duty to Maritrans.
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