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The top story this morning is a judge barring drillers and lawmakers from intervening in an Act 13 lawsuit tied to the Marcellus Shale. As reporter Zack Needles writes, the suit filed by seven Pennsylvania municipalities and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network alleges the recent zoning-related amendments to the state’s Oil and Gas Act are unconstitutional. Commonwealth Judge Keith B. Quigley wrote in the opinion for Robinson Township v. Commonwealth that the oil and gas industry’s interests should not be a factor in the case.
Also above the fold on Page 1, Zack Needles writes that Nelson Levine de Luca & Horst co-founder Robert T. Horst has joined Bucks County firm Curtin & Heefner. Horst will focus his practice on first-party property bad-faith work.
Below the fold on Page 1, reporter Gina Passarella writes that the state Supreme Court has directed the Superior Court to address whether judicial orders are hearsay in another case. In the case, Castellani v. The Scranton Times, the plaintiffs want to admit as evidence in a defamation suit the orders issued by supervising judges of a grand jury regarding an alleged leak. The newspaper reported on the grand jury testimony.
In more Regional News on Page 3, reporter Amaris Elliott-Engel writes that a Montgomery County Common Pleas judge has suggested a good-faith exception should be crafted for warrantless GPS tracking in the wake of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
Also on Page 3, Amaris Elliott-Engel writes that a West Virginia judge has ordered a priest who presided over the canonical trial of his colleague to appear as a witness in the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia sex-abuse trial.
In the Public Interest page on Page 5, Judith Bernstein-Baker and Margaret Niebler shine a spotlight on immigrant youth advocacy and Kelly Darr writes that the state’s cut to services undermines the welfare of citizens with disabilities.
In a Litigation column on Page 7, Grant S. Palmer and Michael A. Iannucci write about attorney fees and Rule 68, which they say is a trap for the unwary.
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