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UTU removes attorneys from 'recommended' list because of ethical concerns


The United Transportation Union recently removed numerous attorneys from its designated legal counsel (DLC) "recommended" list after they resigned and/or failed to confirm whether they or anyone in their firm violated the union's ethical guidelines by making cash payments to any of four former UTU officers who pled guilty to various federal racketeering charges.

Nineteen attorneys confirmed by letter that they didn't provide any cash payments and will remain on the recommended list, which UTU members check when seeking legal counsel following on-the-job injuries.

Last month, UTU required all DLC attorneys to acknowledge by April 6 whether they made any payments to past UTU International Presidents Byron Boyd Jr. or Charlie Little, or former employees Ralph Dennis or John Rookard in return for business guarantees.

UTU appoints DLC attorneys based on their skills and experience in representing injured rail employees under the Federal Employers' Liability Act. The lawyers are required to adhere to UTU's ethics guidelines.

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