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Robinson Township v. Commonwealth

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional portions of a 2012 law governing oil and gas operations in the Marcellus Shale. This is the second time the law, known as Act 13, has been reviewed by the court: in 2013,...

Rodriguez v. Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Environment

The Third Circuit upheld a lower court decision dismissing, on standing grounds, a doctor's claim challenging the constitutionality of a Pennsylvania law that limits a doctor's...

Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation v. Pennsylvania

A Pennsylvania court held that the state legislature acted within its constitutional authority when it gave itself the power to transfer money out of a special account, funded by oil and gas revenue from state lands, that had been set...

Rodriguez v. Abruzzo

A district court held that a doctor lacks standing to challenge a Pennsylvania law that prohibits doctors from disclosing the mixture of chemical fluids used during hydraulic fracturing when treating patients for chemical exposure....

Robinson Township v. Commonwealth

Pennsylvania's highest court struck down Act 13, which pertains to oil and gas operations in the Marcellus Shale, as unconstitutional. The Act repealed Pennsylvania’s Oil and Gas Act and replaced it with a codified statutory framework...

Commonwealth v. Packer

The court denies a Connecticut town's petition to review a previous opinion by the D.C. Circuit in which the court held that the town lacked standing to bring a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) claim against a Federal Aviation...

Harrison v. Waste Sys. Auth. of E. Montgomery County

The court holds that a solid waste hauler has standing to bring a U.S. Commerce Clause claim against a waste district authority for instructing homeowners and commercial entities in the district to subtract a district waste generation...

Harvey & Harvey, Inc. v. Chester, County of

The court reverses and remands district court judgments that applied the incorrect legal standard concerning challenges under the dormant Commerce Clause to two Pennsylvania counties' solid waste flow-control plans, which generally...

Mock v. Department of Envtl. Resources

The court holds that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources' denial of a permit for landowners to fill wetlands on their property to construct an auto body shop did not constitute a taking under either the U.S. or the...