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Yablonski v. United Mine Workers of America

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
448 F.2d 1175 (1971)


Facts

Joseph Yablonski and 48 others (collectively, plaintiffs) were members of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) (defendant). Plaintiffs filed suit in federal district court against UMWA and three officers claiming mishandling of association funds in violation of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act, 28 U.S.C. § 501. The law firm of Williams & Connolly (W&C) provided defense representation to UMWA and the three officers for a brief period of time. Plaintiffs filed a motion to disqualify W&C from continuing its representation of UMWA on the ground that a conflict of interest existed between the union and the three officers and that W&C could not provide representation to multiple defendants with competing interests. Subsequently, W&C withdrew its representation of the officers only and continued its representation of UMWA. The district court held for UMWA and allowed W&C to continue its representation of the union. Plaintiffs appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam.)

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