An appellate court panel has unanimously voted to reverse the ruling of a lower court that had dismissed Weiser LLP's lawsuit against three former partners the firm accused of violating their partnership agreement by leaving and taking major clients with them.

Weiser filed the suit against former partners Jeffrey Coopersmith, Michael Simon and William Vogel after they left Weiser in April 2005 to form their own firm, Coopersmith, Simon & Vogel, of Uniondale, N.Y. They had formerly been partners in Lopez, Edwards, Frank & Co., which merged with Weiser in 1999.

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