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Huber v. Taylor, 05-1757

In a case involving class action plaintiffs' attorneys who were being sued for breach of fiduciary duty and related counts by a putative class that the attorneys themselves formed for asbestos personal injury litigation, summary judgment for defendants-attorneys and denial of class certification are reversed and vacated, respectively, where the district court erred in its choice of law analysis, which led it to require that plaintiffs demonstrate actual harm in a claim of breach of fiduciary duty when the remedy sought is disgorgement.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 01/12/2006
  • Decided 10/31/2006
  • Published 10/31/2006


  • Before SCIRICA , Chief Judge, FUENTES and ROTH , Circuit Judges.


  • United States Third Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Samantha L. Southall, Esquire, Nicole Tuman, Esquire, Esther S. Trakinski, Esquire (Argued), Cohen Pope, New York, NY, Counsel for Appellants.

  • For Appellees:
  • Howard M. Klein, Esquire, Stephen R. Weaver, Esquire, Jeannette M. Brian, Esquire, Conrad, O'Brien, Gellman & Rohn, Philadelphia, PA, Counsel for Appellees Robert G. Taylor, II, Robert G. Taylor, II, P.C. and R.G. Taylor, II, P.C., William M. Wycoff, Esquire, J. Alexander Hershey, Esquire, Thorp, Reed & Armstrong, LLP, Pittsburgh, PA, Counsel for Appellees Ernster, Cire and Davis., Kevin L. Colosimo, Esquire, Thorp, Reed & Armstrong, LLP, Pittsburgh, PA, Counsel for Appellees Pritchard, Fitzgerald, Law Offices of Robert A. Pritchard and Pritchard Law Firm, PLLC., Thomas C. DeLorenzo, Esquire (Argued), Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin, Philadelphia, PA, Counsel for Appellees Joseph B. Cox, Jr. and Joseph B. Cox, Jr., Ltd., Anita B. Weinstein, Esquire, Cozen O'Connor, Philadelphia, PA, Counsel for Appellee Cox and Cox L.L.P.
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