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The government relations arm of Duane Morris on Tuesday settled its lawsuit against former Lt. Gov. Mark Singel, whom it accused of not giving proper notice of his resignation as a managing director and then attempting to take the company’s files, clients and staff to his own firm. The agreement was negotiated with the assistance of U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas J. Rueter. Singel’s lawyer, David R. Fine of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, said the terms of the settlement are confidential. Fine said Singel is “happy to have this unfortunate misunderstanding behind him” and is eager to get back to serving his clients. The lawyer for the plaintiff, Public Affairs Management, was Duane Morris partner Thomas Servodidio. He said settlement negotiations began in earnest after Duane Morris filed a motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against Singel on Friday. “We’re just happy to have this resolved so we can move on with our business,” Servodidio said. Public Affairs Management claimed in the lawsuit that Singel, who had been managing director of its Harrisburg, Pa., office since Duane Morris bought the company in 2000, breached several parts of his employment agreement. Other claims included copyright infringement, trade libel, breach of fiduciary duty and civil conspiracy. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. Other defendants in the case were two PAM employees who left with Singel — Peg Callahan Moyer and Angie Mellott-Armbrust — and the new lobbying group they formed, The Winter Group. The suit alleges that Singel resigned Jan. 12 from PAM without giving the required 30-days’ notice but had already embarked on a scheme to take clients, property and employees from the company for use at The Winter Group. Specifically, he was accused of sending out a letter via Federal Express on Jan. 7 to clients that the suit claimed was “designed to falsely give the impression to each client that the client had no choice but to become a client of The Winter Group.” Duane Morris has replaced Singel on an interim basis in PAM’s Harrisburg office with Judy Borger, a longtime aide to former Congressman Jim Greenwood. The company also has a Philadelphia office led by Ken Davis, a Republican who sits on the Lower Merion Township board of commissioners.

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