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Appeals court reverses Md. judge on developer suit

Wednesday - 8/28/2013, 5:40pm  ET

GAMBRILLS, Md. (AP) -- A federal appeals court is allowing the developer of a Gambrills shopping center to pursue its $25 million lawsuit against a labor union for using alleged "sham litigation" to attempt to keep the supermarket chain Wegmans out of a shopping center.

The Daily Record reports ( ) the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the action on Monday. The court's decision reverses a federal judge in Baltimore's decision to dismiss the lawsuit by developer Waugh Chapel South LLC against the United Food and Commercial Workers Union locals 27 and 400.

The developer says the union violated a federal prohibition on unfair labor practices by filing two dozen separate lawsuits and petitions for review between August 2008 and July 2011. Wegmans is a nonunion operation. It ultimately went into the center.

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