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J.C. Grille (1956 PA Superior Court)

Organizations/Sources: Find A Case
Summary of July 17, 1956 Superior Court of PA case of significance to the enforcement of restrictive covenants.
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PA Supreme Court Opinion on Act 13 (issued 12/19/2013)

2013
Organizations/Sources: PA Supreme Court
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down a portion of Act 13, the controversial 2012 update of the state's oil and gas law, finding that the law violated Article I Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution (the Environmental Rights Amendment). The majority opinion states: "To describe this case simply as a zoning or agency discretion matter would not capture the essence of the parties’ fundamental dispute regarding Act 13. Rather, at its core, this dispute centers upon an asserted vindication of citizens’ rights to quality of life on their properties and in their hometowns, insofar as Act 13 threatens degradation of air and water, and of natural, scenic, and esthetic values of the environment, with attendant effects on health, safety, and the owners’ continued enjoyment of their private property."
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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Enforces and Renews Environmental Rights Amendment

2017
Organizations/Sources: Saul & Ewing LLP
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled on June 20, 2017 that Pennsylvania’s Environmental Rights Amendment is a self-effectuating provision of the Constitution that must be adhered to by all levels of government. The court also held that the ERA creates an automatic right for individuals to seek enforcement against governmental action that harms the environment. This report suggests the four biggest takeaways from the recent decision and poses some questions left unanswered by the court.
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