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A law firm has sued Verizon Communications Inc. and the union that represents some of its employees in a Pennsylvania federal court, claiming the recent work stoppage caused the firm to lose money and clients. Philip M. Stinson filed suit in Eastern District Court on behalf of Radnor, Pa.’s Stinson Law Associates, claiming Verizon’s failure to install phone and data lines from one location to another forced the law firm to, among other things, suffer revenue loss and lay off employees. “Upon information and belief, [Communications Workers of America] encouraged its members to schedule work at Verizon — including the aforementioned — on dates and times that the members would be on strike against Verizon, so as to interfere with the commercial operations of [Stinson Law Associates] and other Verizon customers and gain tactical advantage against Verizon in their labor dispute,” the complaint alleges. The case was filed in federal court because of diversity. Verizon, formerly Bell Atlantic Corp. Inc., is based in New York, and the union, CWA, is based in Washington, D.C. Stinson said in the complaint that the amount in controversy exceeds $75,000 but no exact figure was given. Stinson Law Associates provides legal services mostly to parents with disabled children. The firm also provides education conference services across the country and runs a Web site. On July 31, the firm made an agreement with Verizon to transfer all business telephone service, including voice and data lines, from a Bryn Mawr office to a new office location in Radnor. The complaint says Verizon said it would install 10 new lines at the new office location on Aug. 7 and transfer the main voice and fax lines on Aug. 8. Verizon employees went on strike on Aug. 6. The complaint says Verizon disconnected all lines at the Bryn Mawr office on Aug. 7 and transferred all lines to the Radnor office even though the lines were not installed. The firm wasn’t able to place or accept any calls from Aug. 6 to Aug. 11. Around Aug. 11, Verizon transferred calls to the firm’s answering service in California. The suit alleges four counts: breach of contract, tortious interference with business relations, negligence and fraudulent inducement and misrepresentation. Stinson says the failure to install phone lines caused the firm to lose clients, lose business from new and potential clients, lose revenue from both its law and Internet businesses, lay off employees, not meet payroll obligations and suffer damage to its reputation. The complaint says the damage is “still unrealized and accruing.” The case has been assigned to U.S. District Court Judge Anita B. Brody.

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