Hunton & Williams and three of its Richmond lawyers are accused in a Wisconsin lawsuit of using “strong arm tactics” to force a Chicago-based company out of a large industrial supply contract. A Hunton spokesman today said the claims have “no merit.”
The lawsuit filed by Minerals Development & Supply Company charges Hunton with tortious interference with contract, aiding and abetting a tort, and business conspiracy.
Identified in the lawsuit, but not named as defendants, are Hunton lawyers Sean Ducharme, Jeffery Edwards and Kim Magee. The suit claims they urged a supplier of industrial sand to terminate its contract with Minerals Development in order to sell directly to Hunton’s client.
The lawsuit was filed July 30 in the Circuit Court of Monroe County, Wis.
“This suit was filed by an adversary of one of our clients,” said a Hunton representative. “These allegations have no merit, and we plan to vigorously defend against them.”
By Peter Vieth