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Union members can sue for ‘complete relief,’ top court says (access required)

Affirms $425K defamation verdict for former union treasurer

Union members alleging harm by their colleagues need not exhaust the organization’s internal dispute procedures but can head straight to court if money damages are unavailable under the union’s process, Maryland’s top court said in affirming a transit worker’s $425,000 defamation award against his union local and its president.

About Steve Lash

Steve Lash covers federal and Maryland appellate courts and the General Assembly’s judiciary committees for The Daily Record. He joined the newspaper in 2008 after spending nearly 20 years covering the U.S. Supreme Court and legal affairs for several publications, including the Houston Chronicle, Cox Newspapers, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and West’s Legal News. Lash, a graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law, is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court and Maryland bars.