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Penn, Schoen & Berland, a firm that has helped elect clients such as former President Bill Clinton andNew York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, is accused of hacking into Mr. Markel’s BlackBerry and rigging his e-mail accounts to send blind carbon copies of his e-mails to another account that it had set up, the Associated Press reports. The lawsuit says the BlackBerry that Mr. Markel used was always his own, never the property of his former employer.

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