March 21, 2015
by Zachariah Rivenbark
The development of natural gas in Pennsylvania gave rise to several legal issues. The Pennsylvania legislature passed Act 13 with hopes that it would resolve disputes over local control of the industry, and how the Commonwealth would tax the industry. But in 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ...[read more]
November 11, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
Five Pennsylvania state legislators and the mayors of two cities filed a lawsuit in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania on Monday asking it to strike down a state law passed last month allowing advocacy groups to sue municipalities over local gun laws. The law, commonly known as Act 192, ...[read more]
May 10, 2014
by G. Redd
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announced Thursday that the Office of General Counsel will not pursue an appeal in defense of the Commonwealth's voter identification law. The law, passed in March 2012, required all voters to submit a government issued photo ID in order to vote in all elections. ...[read more]
January 28, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
Lawyers for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett filed a post-trial motion Monday in the legal battle over the state's voter identification law, alleging that the deciding judge in the case made "a host of mistakes." The motion alleges that Judge Bernard McGinley of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth ...[read more]
January 17, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
Judge Bernard McGinley of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on Friday struck down the state's nearly two-year-old voter identification law, considered one of the most strict in the nation. In his opinion, MicGinley wrote that the state had failed to adequately explain why the law was a necessary ...[read more]
October 2, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes on Tuesday appealed a lower court order to cease issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Hanes, who began granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples following Attorney General Kathleen Kane's statement ...[read more]
September 26, 2013
by Lauren Laing
Twenty-one same-sex couples on Wednesday filed suit asking the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court to affirm the legality of their marriage licenses, which were issued by a county clerk who believed the state's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. The couples claim that the state's same-sex ...[read more]
August 17, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
A Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court judge issued an order on Friday blocking enforcement of the state's voter identification law for the upcoming November elections. The ruling by Judge Bernard McGinley marks the third consecutive election in which the law, passed in March 2012, will not be in ...[read more]
July 31, 2013
by G. Redd
The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Tuesday filed a petition in the Commonwealth Court seeking to stop the Montgomery County Register of Wills from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. D Bruce Hanes of Montgomery County was allegedly acting under the guidance of Attorney General ...[read more]
February 21, 2013
by Daniel Mullen
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) filed a lawsuit in US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on Wednesday against Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and other state officials. The NCAA lawsuit seeks to stop the Commonwealth from keeping for its own uses the $60 ...[read more]

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