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Water Info Wars – Chester Water Authority v. PA Department of Community & Economic Development By Brigitte M. Meyer, Esquire

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently clarified the scope of the “deliberative process exception” to agencies’ obligation to disclose records pursuant to Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law. The case takes place in the context of the ongoing “water wars” in southern Chester and Delaware Counties. For 150 years, the Chester Water Authority has provided water to…

Will Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decisions Cause Municipalities to Hit the Brakes on Third Party Events on Municipal Property? by Michael G. Crotty, Esquire

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has written the ending chapter of a bike race accident case stretching back to May of 2015. The finale is a lesson in caution. Municipalities cannot rely on releases alone in hosting, allowing or condoning third party events on municipal property (including roads). In Degliomini v. City of Philadelphia, a cyclist…

Right to Know Clearinghouses for Personal Information No More: Supreme Court Declares Constitutional Right to Informational Privacy for Public School Employees

On October 18, 2016, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision in Pennsylvania State Education Association v. Commonwealth et al. – extending a constitutional right of informational privacy to public school employees with respect to their home addresses. As a result of the Court’s ruling, school districts are prohibited from releasing the home…

Supreme Court Drills Down on Hydraulic Fracturing

Supreme Court Drills Down on Hydraulic Fracturing and Vacates Several Sections of the Oil and Gas Act On September 28, 2016, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided yet another milestone decision involving the Commonwealth’s controversial Oil and Gas Act.  Described by some as a message to the oil and gas industry, the Court’s decision has important…