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Act 13's Impact Fee
March 21, 2015
The unconventional gas well fee of Act 13 ("impact fee") sparked heated discussion. Under Section 2302 of Act 13, the governing body of a county may elect to impose a fee on each individual unconventional gas well drilled (or "spudded") in the county. The oil and gas industry considers the techniq....... [more]

Robinson Township v. Commonwealth
March 21, 2015
Pennsylvania has long incorporated its advantageous position atop deposits of oil and coal into its economy. As technological advancement in the 21st century meant greater access to- and utilization of- natural gas reserves trapped in shale, Governor Tom Corbett advocated for changes to Pennsylvan....... [more]

Background of Act 13
March 21, 2015
On February 14, 2012, then-Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed Act 13 into law. It amended Title 58 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to include a fee for individuals or corporations extracting natural gas from geologic formations such as Marcellus Shale. The purpose of the act was to....... [more]

Pennsylvania's Act 13
March 21, 2015
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 stru....... [more]

Pennsylvania's Act 13
March 9, 2015
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ADF considers appeal of a ruling upholding Pittsburgh's buffer zone
March 7, 2015
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) on Friday said it is considering appealing a ruling by the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, which upheld a Pittsburgh Ordinance that imposes a 15-foot buffer zone restricting free speech around hospitals, medical offices and medical clinic....... [more]

A Time Out for the Death Penalty
February 21, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Brandon L. Garrett, of the University of Virginia School of Law, discusses Governor Tom Wolf's death penalty moratorium ...Is declaring a "time out" to the death penalty in Pennsylvania an abuse of the governor's power "ignoring duly enacted law," as prosecutors have claimed....... [more]

Pennsylvania death penalty moratorium challenged
February 19, 2015
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams filed a legal challenge on Wednesday against Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's decision to place a moratorium on the death penalty. The challenge, filed in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, petitions the court to reject the reprieve as an unconstitutional in....... [more]

Pennsylvania governor announces death penalty moratorium
February 13, 2015
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf declared a moratorium on the death penalty Friday, which will remain in effect until he receives and reviews a report from the Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Committee on Capital Punishment. The governor expressed concerns over serious flaws in the death penalty....... [more]

RETRACTION: 'Back-Alley Banking in China'
January 15, 2015
JURIST has retracted "Back-Alley Banking in China: the Next Financial Crisis" by Dr. Bashar Malkawi. The piece was originally published in our Academic Commentary section on 9 November 2013. On 7 January 2015, we were advised that the piece was copied from another author's work. We investigated th....... [more]

NRA sues 3 Pennsylvania cities over local gun ordinances
January 15, 2015
The National Rifle Association (NRA) has filed a lawsuit against the city of Pittsburgh, alleging local gun laws violate a state law that restricts local regulation of firearms and ammunition. 18 Pa CS § 6120 states "No county, municipality or township may in any manner regulate the lawful owne....... [more]




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