Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Confidentiality Violated, Judge Rules in Scaife Case Filings Related to Trust Fund Dispute

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Confidentiality Violated, Judge Rules in Scaife Case Filings Related to Trust Fund Dispute

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Parties in a nine-figure trust fund dispute involving the Scaife family fortune violated a court-sanctioned agreement when they filed several documents under seal, Judge Kathleen A. Durkin of Allegheny County Orphans Court has ruled in an order made public Thursday morning.

The filings related to the health of the late Jennie Scaife of Florida. She and her brother, David Scaife of Shadyside, filed a 4-year-old lawsuit alleging that three trustees - H. Yale Gutnick, James Walton and PNC Bank - improperly allowed their father, Richard Mellon Scaife, to deplete a family trust fund in order to prop up his newspaper holdings.

Ms. Scaife's failure to sit for a deposition prompted the sealed filings, the first by Mr. Gutnick in June, and a response by her own attorneys in August. Frederick N. Frank, an attorney representing the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Philadelphia Inquirer, challenged the sealing. …

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